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LCDR Theodorus Bailey Myers Mason
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Birth: May 8, 1848
Manhattan
New York County (Manhattan)
New York, USA
Death: Oct. 15, 1899
Saugerties
Ulster County
New York, USA

Director of the Department of Naval Intelligence. After his early education Mason attempted to secure an appointment to Annapolis, but since there were no appointments available from New York he moved to Florida where he subsequently received an appointment. He became a midshipman on July 20, 1864 and five years later became an ensign. On July 12, 1870 he was promoted to master and in 1872 a Lieutenant. His final promotion was to Lieutenant Commander on January 23, 1894. Mason was considered an intellectual, a deep thinker, a problem solver and an expert linguist. He questioned the Navy's state of readiness considering it's lack of intelligence on foreign powers. His reputation as an analyst was well known and because of this and his critique of readiness of the Navy he was given an assignment by the Secretary of the Navy William Hunt, to review security and related procedures, including information gathering. At the time of this assignment the Navy was in danger of becoming a force in name only. He had traveled extensively in Europe observing and recording developments and he knew what information was available and how to get it. He believed the Navy should assign Naval attaches to embassies and legations throughout the world to collect intelligence on advances in Naval science. His plan was forwarded to Hunt who agreed with most of his recommendations, consequently issuing General Order Number 292 authorizing the beginning of the Office of Naval Intelligence effective March 23, 1882. Mason was appointed as the first commander of the new department taking office in June of 1882. After thirty years of service he retired shortly after his promotion to Lieutenant Commander. He was credited with the founding of the Office of Naval Intelligence. 
 
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 Parents:
  Theodorus Bailey Myers (1821 - 1888)
  Catalina Juliana Mason Myers (1825 - 1905)
 
 Spouse:
  Edmonia Taylor Phelps McClurg (1858 - 1909)
 
 Sibling:
  Theodorus Bailey Myers Mason (1848 - 1899)
  Cassie Mason Myers James (1851 - 1922)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Note: He changed his name to Theodorus Bailey Myers Mason at the request of his grandfather Sidney Mason, whose only son, Alphonso Sidney Masonư, had died young. Information from Gary.
 
Burial:
Green-Wood Cemetery
Brooklyn
Kings County (Brooklyn)
New York, USA
 
Maintained by: Saratoga
Originally Created by: BKGenie
Record added: May 01, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 36612242
LCDR Theodorus Bailey Myers Mason
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LCDR Theodorus Bailey Myers Mason
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LCDR Theodorus Bailey Myers Mason
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