USNA graduate, career naval officer and the father of Fleet Admiral William F. "Bull" Halsey, Jr.
William Frederick Halsey was born on April 11, 1853, in New York, New York, the son of Eliza Grace (King) and Charles Henry Halsey. He was a descendant of United States Senator Rufus King. He was appointed to the United States Naval Academy from Louisiana and entered naval service a midshipman at the Naval Academy in September 1869. He married Anne Masters Brewster and on October 30, 1882. Their son, future Fleet Admiral William F. Halsey Jr., was born in Elizabeth, New Jersey.
As a lieutenant, Halsey was stationed on the USS Ranger (c. 1888), USS Miantonomoh (c. 1894), USS New York (c. 1894) and was navigator of the USS Newark in May 1898. During the Spanish–American War the Newark served as the flagship of Commodore John C. Watson during the engagement of Aguadores and as part of the fleet blockading Santiago, Cuba. That September, he received orders to the Naval Academy. In 1898 he became a member of the Pennsylvania Commandery of the Military Order of Foreign Wars.
In February 1900, he received orders detaching him from Naval Academy and ordering him to report to the USS Adams, as Executive Officer, in San Diego, California. Halsey was promoted to commander in 1902 and served as head of the Department of Seamanship at the United States Naval Academy. While a commander, he served as commanding officer of the USS Atlanta (briefly, in 1905) and the USS Des Moines (c. 1905).
Halsey was promoted to the rank of captain in 1906. He retired from the Navy, at his own request on June 30, 1907, but continued to serve on active duty at the Bureau of Construction and Repair until 1919.
Halsey died on June 11, 1920 and was buried in Arlington National Cemetery. His wife Anne, who died on May 25, 1947, is buried with him, and his son and namesake, who died on August 16, 1959 is buried beside him.
Anna Masters Brewster Halsey
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