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RADM Hutchinson Ingham Cone

RADM Hutchinson Ingham Cone

Kings County (Brooklyn), New York, USA
Death 12 Feb 1941 (aged 69)
Orlando, Orange County, Florida, USA
Burial Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA
Plot Section 2, Site 1204
Memorial ID 28977337 · View Source
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Hutchinson Cone, Sr. His wife was Martha (nicknamed Patty) Bland Seldon. He was the son of Daniel Newnan Cone.

Note maiden name for his wife on stone is Selden.

Hutchinson Ingham Cone, Sr. was a famous naval engineer and naval officer. He was born in April 26, 1871 and the son of Daniel Newman Cone, Jr., later a member of the Florida legislature, and Annette Ingham Cone.

He had three siblings and was a great-great-grandson of Revolutionary War hero, Captain William Henry Cone; a great-grandson of William Cone, Jr. who served in both the Georgia and Florida legislatures; and a grandson of Daniel Newman Cone, Sr., a law enforcement officer who died in the line of duty. Hutchinson graduated from both Florida State College and the U. S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland.

He married Patty Seldon/Selden Cone from Kempsville, Virginia on October 19, 1900. They were the parents of Hutchinson Ingham Cone, Jr., later a Lieutenant Colonel in the U. S. Army.

During the Spanish-American War, Hutchinson Cone, Sr. served as Assistant Engineer on the U.S.S. Baltimore during Commodore George Dewey's victory over the Spanish at the Battle of Manila Bay in the Philippines in 1898. In 1900 he was a Lieutenant on board the U.S.S. Prairie. Cone supervised the shift from coal to oil fuel to increase the operational radius of the U. S. Navy, and he was involved in trials of a turbo-electric propulsion system. He commanded the U.S.S. Dixie from April 1914 until July 1915, when he became Marine Superintendent of the Panama Canal. Later he commanded naval air forces in Europe during World War I. Cone was wounded while freeing lifeboats on the RMS Leinster, on which he was a passenger; for his lifesaving actions he was made an honorary commander of the Order of the British Empire. Cone retired from the Navy in 1922 as Engineer-in-Chief, with the rank of Rear Admiral. He later served with Charles Lindbergh on the Board of Directors of the Guggenheim Fund to support flight.

Cone's diary is in the archives of the Library of Congress. The diary was kept by Cone while serving on the cruiser Baltimore between April and August 1898 in the Philippines theater of the Spanish-American War. Entries contain descriptions of the Battle of Cavite and the Battle of Manila Bay, poetry commemorating the battles, newspaper clippings, and newsletters from the Baltimore. It also includes a blueprint map of the Battle of Manila Bay.

He is buried with his wife in Arlington National Cemetery.

The U.S.S. Hutchinson I. Cone, named for the Rear Admiral, was a World War II-era destroyer that saw action in both the Korean and Vietnam Wars. In 1962 it recovered astronauts Alan Shepard and John Glenn after their historic manned space flights.

Info provided by: Sharlotte Donnelly

Info below provided by: Kitty Cone

Hutchinson Ingham Cone, Sr. also had a daughter, Elizabeth Cone Metzel, née Elizabeth Selden Cone.

He married for a second time late in life to Julia Mattis of Washington DC.

He served as vice president of the Fund for the Promotion of Aeronautics founded in 1926 by Harry Guggenheim, and that year he and Guggenheim toured European aeronautical facilities. Orville Wright and Charles Lindbergh later joined the committee.

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Rear Admiral United States Navy

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  • Added: 13 Aug 2008
  • Find A Grave Memorial 28977337
  • Sharlotte Neely Donnelly
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for RADM Hutchinson Ingham Cone (26 Apr 1871–12 Feb 1941), Find A Grave Memorial no. 28977337, citing Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA ; Maintained by Barb Destromp (contributor 46785064) .