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LIFE OF GEORGE DEWEY:



Rear Admiral, U. S. N.



DEWEY FAMILY HISTORY.



ILLUSTRATED.



BEING AN AUTHENTIC HISTORICAL AND GENEALOGICAL RECORD

OF MORE THAN FIFTEEN THOUSAND PERSONS IN THE

UNITED STATES BY THE NAME OF DEWEY,

AND THEIR DESCENDANTS.



Life of Rear Admiral George Dewey written and book edited by
Adelbert M. Dewey, of Washington, D. C.

Dewey Family History compiled by Louis Marinus Dewey, of West-
field, Mass., assisted by William T. Dewey, of Montpelier,
Vt., and Orville C. Dewey, of Wheeling, W. Va.



DEWEY PUBLISHING COMPANY,
Westfield, Mass.



LIFE OF REAR ADMIRAL GEORGE DEWEY.

Copyright, i8g8, bv

ADELBERT M. DEWEY,

Washington, D. C.




Weed-Parsons Prii



ALBANY, N. Y.



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BeMcation.

To the American people, of whom George Dewey, of
Vermont, is a most illustrious example, and to the
many thousands of noble men and women in this
haven for the oppressed of all the world in whose
veins course the blood of Thomas Dewey, the Settler,
this book is most respectfully dedicated by its authors.



ILLUSTRATIONS.

In Life of George Dewey.



Opp. Page.

ADMIRAL GEORGE DEWEY, 3779 FronUspiece

BATTLE WITH SNOW BALLS AT THE OLD

CHURCH 26

BIRDS' EYE VIEW OF THE LOWER PART OF MA-
NILA BAY 81

BIRTHPLACE OF ADMIRAL GEORGE DEWEY 12

CHEERING GEORGE DEWEY DURING INTERMIS-
SION FOR BREAKFAST 57

DEWEY, ADELBERT M., 808, AUTHOR AND EDITOR, 5

DEWEY, HON. CHARLES, 3777 13

DEWEY, CAPT. EDWARD, 3778 16

DEWEY, GEORGE GOODWIN, 6077 44

DEWEY, DR. JULIUS YEMANS, 1964 9

DEWEY, CAPT. SIMEON, l.')32 8

DEWEY, MRS. SUSIE B. (GOODWIN), 3779 41

"DEWEY STRUCK RIGHT OUT FOR HIM AND

GAVE HIM A LIFT" 105

GEORGE DEWEY AT THIRTY YEARS OF AGE 40

GEOKGE DEWEY'S FIRST CRUISE 29

"GEORGE DEWEY WAS THE LAST MAN TO LEAVE

THE BURNING SHIP" 104

GREELEY, MRS. MARY P. (DEWEY). 3780 17

ILLUSTRATED POEM, "BATTLE OF MANILA" 48-.')3

ILLUSTRATED POEM, "THE POOR LITTLE CHILD

OF A TAR" 19-23



Opp. Paoe.
MAP SHOWING DEWEY'S ROUTE FROM MIRS BAY

TO MANILA 81

OLDNOKWICH UNIVERSITY BUILDINGS 9(

OLYMPIA'S FIGHT WITH TORPEDO BOATS 6(

SHELL BURSTING OVER THE OLYMPIA 61

THE BATTLE OF MANILA IN COLORS 4i

THE BATTLE AT CLOSE RANGE 6

THE DEWEY COAT OF ARMS, IN COLORS S

THE LYMAN COAT OF ARMS, IN COLORS 3:

THE LYMAN-LAMBERT-OSBORNE COAT OF ARMS,

IN COLORS 3

THE (JUARTERED ARMS OF FOURTEEN ROYAL
FAMILIES IN THE LINE OF GEORGE DEWEY'S

ANCESTRY S

THE OLYMPIA LEADING THE LINE 5

THE OLYMPIA PASSING CORREGIDOR. THE WARN-
ING ROCKET 5

VESSELS OF COMMODORE DEWEY'S FLEET -

OLYMPIA 6

BALTIMORE 6

RALEIGH 6

CONCORD C

BOSTON 7

PETREL 7

M'CULLOCH 7



In Dewey Family History.



ARNOLD, JOHN DEWEY, 343

BAKER, MRS. FLORENCE (DEWEY), 4033

BROOKS, GEORGE MORTIMER, SON OF 801....

COMMISSION OF BENEDICT DEWKY

DAY, MRS. CARRY EMMA (DEWEY), 3769

DAY, HON. CHARLES DEWEY, 8295

DEWEY, ADDICE E.,4781

DEWEY, ALBERT FOLGER, 71.59

DEWEY, HON. ALBERT GALLATIN, 1701

DEWEY, ALBERT H., 7505

DEWEY, ALBERT LEWIS, 9018

DEWEY. ALFRED TIMOTHY, 6968

DEWEY, JUDGE ALMON RALPH, 973

DEWEY, ARTHUR N.. 6002

DEWEY. CADWELL, 412

DEWEY, CARRIE MAY. 8043

DEWEY, JUDGE CHARLES AUGUSTUS, 8301.

DEWEY, CHARLES CARROLL, 3058

DEWEY, CHARLES JOHNSON, 403

DEWEY, CHARLES OLIVER, PH. D., 732



Opp. P.4GE.




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617


DEWEY CHAUNCEY 1656


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DEWEY, CHESTER F. , 802

DEWEY. COURTLAND A., 565


352










704


DEWEY DANIEL CLARK 421


.345




DEWEY, MRS. DANIEL CLARK. 421

DEWEY, DANIEL L.,6931

DEWEY MISS DOLLY DAU OF 3560








.. 960


636


1040

801


DEWEY, EBENEZER. 1691

DEWEY, COL. EDMUND B., 1762

DEWEY, EDMUND SABIN, 8792

DEWEY EDSON EUGENE 83''6


464
520


712


953




DEWEY, EDWARD GLEN, 9176

DEWEY, EDWARD RUSSELL, SON OF 7713

DEWEY, EDWARD WILKINS. 7713

DEWEY. EDWIN JOHN. 6143

DEWEY ELIAS 2ci 6713 . . .




1033

952


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817






344


760


368


DEWEY. CAPT. ELIJAH. 8044


827



Illustrations.



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DEWEY, ELIJAH HALE, 2095 609

DEWEY, ELIPHALETt!.. 3151 620

DEWEY, REV. F. M., M, A., 680 368

DEWEY, FRANCES, DAU. OF 6309 712

DEWEY, JUDGE FRANCIS H., 8635 1017

DEWEY, FRANKLIN N.,6242 704

DEWEY, FRANKLIN SETH, 2d. 9078 1032

DEWEY, FRANKLIN SMITH, 3715 689

DEWEY, FREDERICK FREEMAN, 2003 609

DEWEY, GEORGE BURR, 8943 1033

DEWEY, GEORGE LAURIN, 4003 617

DEWEY, LIEUT. GEORGE MELVILLE, 7741 953

DEWEY, GEORGE PERRIN, 6066 712

DEWEY, GEORGE WASHINGTON, 8587 9.53

DEWEY. GEORGE W. SR., 1808 520

DEWEY, HARRY IIOVEY, 1999 5S5

DEWEY, CAPT. BENRY H., 3472 656

DEWEY, HENRY J., 6763 785

DEWEY, HIRAM KINNE, 3611 664

DEWEY, HIRAM TODD, 3.W2 536

DEWEY, HOWARD GROTIUS, 8889 1033

DEWEY, ISSACHER R., 1816 609

DEWEY ISRAEL, r.36 520

DEWEY, MAJOR ISRAEL OTIS, 2005 592

DEWEY, JAMES, 8189 953

DEWEY, PROF. JAMES A., 4072 617

DEWEY, MRS. JAMES A. AND DAD., 4072 617

DEWEY, JAMES ELIAS, 7087 816

DEWEY, JAMES HENRY, 6327 960

DEWEY, DR. JAMES JAY, 4076 704

DEWEY, PROF. JAMES R.,90ii2 1040

DEWEY, JASON. 2D, 8592 1033

DEWEY, JESSE EDSON, 2D, 3673 633

DEWEY, GEN. JOEL A., 8758 1025

DEWEY, JOHN, .'.24 353

DEWEY, HON. DR. JOHN, I55fla 473

DEWEY, JOHN FREEMONT, 3426 680

DEWEY, JOHN JASPER, 3246 633

DEWEY, JOHN JAY, M. D., 3235 633

DEWEY, JOHN STEVENS, 40O4 617

DEWEY, CAPT. JOHN W., 15.50 520

DEWEY, JOSHUA., 1385 440

DEWEY, JULIAN HILAND, M. D.,8681 1032

DEWEY, JUDGE JUSTIN, 3D. , 8469 985

DEWEY, LEWIS E. AND FAMILY, 3545 664

DEWEY, LOUIS MARINUS, GENEALOGIST AND HIS-
TORIAN. 9185 201

DEWEY, MRS. L. M. AND SON, 9185 1032

DEWEY, LYMAN. 423 368

DEWEY, MARK W., 6295 712

DEWEY, PROF. MELVIL, 4775 697

DEWEY, MILTON. 623 352

DEWEY, MORRIS MILLER, 4019 680

DEWEY, NANCY (PRITCHARD), 1656 497

DEWEY, GOV. NELSON. 3231 632

DEWEY, NOAH B., 4765 704

DEWEY. OLIVER E., 972 369

DEWEY, REV. DR. ORVILLE, 82S5 945

DEWEY, ORVILLE C.,31.W 621

DEWEY, MRS. PERMELIA L. (Riggs), Wife of 523 352

DEWEY, RICHARD, 611 368

DEWEY, DR. RICHARD. 875.1 1033

DEWEY, ROBERT PARR. 3991 689

DEWEY, RODNEY HATCH, 3.W6 664

DEWEY, ROWLAND. 8537 984

DEWEY, RUSSELL E.,276 369

DEWEY, DR. SAMUEL J., 6842 785

DEWEY, CAPT. SAMUEL W., 2054 600

DEWEY, REV. SANGER, 525 3.52

DEWEY, SEABURY C,, a'.eo 536



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DEWEY, MRS. S. C, 3560 536

DEWEY. SETH, 8349 960

DEWEY, SILAS HAMILTON, 6719 760

DEWEY, SILAS HENRY, 3021 609

DEWEY, SIMON, 3D, 1.528 464

DEWEY, SOLO.MON PRATT, 3177 633

DEWEY, THOMAS CHARLES, OF BROMLEY, KENT,

ENGLAND, SON OF 9428 960

DEWEY, THOMAS HENRY, 9072 1040

DEWEY, LIEUTENANT WALTER E., 1051 377

DEWEY, WARREN C, 3723 664

DEWEY, WILLIAM ANDREW, 4885 712

DEWEY, WILLIAM CURTIS, 3733 689

DEWEY, WILLIAM WORTH, 9012 1040

DEWEY, WILLIS, 6745 785

DEWEY, DR. WILLIS ALONZO, 1025 369

DEWEY, REV. WILLIS C, .3.517 536

DEWEY. WILLIAM STRONG, .3245 633

DEWEY, WILLIAM TARBOX, 6063 70S

DEWEY, WILLIAM WYLLIS, 1756 520

DRISCOLL, MRS. ANNIE KNOX (DEWEY). 4104 704

HASTINGS, MRS. SARAH A. (DEWEY), 8580 953

HAYLOR, MARY R. (DEWEY) AND FAMILY, 7367... 785

HEILMAN, MRS. MALVINA M. (DEWEY), 8442 984

HILLIARD, MRS. LUCY M. (DEWEY), 6602 760

HOGG, CLARA HYDE (DEWEY), 31.58 625

HORN, MRS. SARAH A. (DEWEY), 8439 984

HORN, MISS SALLIE M.. DAU. OF 8439 984

IRELAND. MRS. HARRIET (UEWEY), 8480 984

KIRBY, MRS. ANNA L. (DEWEY), 9175 1040

KNAPP, HOMER P., DESCENDANT OF 163 345

LIVINGSTON. AMELIA 1. (DEWEY), 3946 689

LOOMIS. MRS. GRACE N. (DEWEY), 9186 960

MAINE, DR.. FRANK D., 6107 760

MILLER, DR. A. C, SON OF .522 353

NICHOLS, DR. C. A., SON OF. 3194 664

PAYNE, MRS, MIRIAM M., DAU. OF 163 34S

PHELPS, REV. ALANSON, DESCENDANT OF 1236 464

RESIDENCE OP ADELBERT M. DEWEY 376

RESIDENCE OF HON. CHARLES DEWEY 680

RESIDENCE OF CHARLES E. DEWEY 872

RESIDENCE OF COL. EDMUND B. DEWEY 1000

RESIDENCE OF ISSACHER B. DEWEY 337

RESIDENCE OF JAMES SPIERS 776

RESIDENCE OF LOUIS M. DEWEY 1000

RESIDENCE OF FAMILY OF MRS. MARIA (DEWEY)

HOLDEN 344

RESIDENCE OF WATSON DEWEY 872

RESIDENCE OF DR. W. A. DEWEY 776

RESIDENCE OF WILLIAM T. DEWEY .376

RICHARDS, CHARLES COMSTOCK, DESCENDANT

OF 1812 644

RICHARDS, HON. FRANKLIN DEWEY, SON OF



1842..



.545



42-13..



RICHARDS, MRS. JANE (SNYDER), 1842-4 464

RICHARDS, ELDER SAMUEL W., SON OF 1842 544

RICHARDS, MRS. WEALTHY (DEWEY), 1842 544

ROWE, MRS. GERTRUDE (DEWEY) AND CHILDREN 337

STODDARD, BALDWIN ROY, SON OF 1954 464

TOMBSTONE OF CAPT. ADIJAH DEWEY .337

TOMBSTONE OF JOSIAH DEWEY THE FIRST AND

WIFE, HEPZIBAH LYMAN 385

TOMBSTONE OF WIFE OF JEDEDIAH DEWEY 337

TOMBSTONE OF CORNET THOMAS DEWEY. THE

FIRST 232

WILLIAMS. DR. IRVING DEWEY. GRANDSON OF

510 344

YALE, WALTER DEWEY. SON OF 192 353



TABLE OF CONTENTS.

Life of Admiral George Dewey.



A Lively Schoolboy

A Loving Sister's Tribute

Anecdotes of Boyhood Days

A Personal Reminiscence

A Positive Man

Battle of Manila Bay

Both Joy and Sorrow

Claimed by Seven Nations

Col. Hopkins' Prophetic Song

Commended by His Neighbors

Dedication

"Easily Ranks First"

First Baptism of Fire

From Rear Admiral Bunce

George Dewey

He Obeyed Orders

Honorary Degrees and Medals

Honored by Congress

In a Nutshell

Jeweled Sword from the Government..



Page.

Lessons Learned from the Victory 78

Lost Dewey's Money 115

Norwich University 92

Official Report of Battle 61

Of Royal Descent 31

Preface to Life of George Dewey 5

Presented with Flags gg

Popular in Washington 113

Smarter Than Chain Lightning 112

■' The Battle of Manila, " Illustrated Poem 48

The Battle Was Hard Fought 7«

The Coolest of Officers 108

The "Dewey " Craze 124

The Fleets Compared 66

The Hand of God 93

The Lucky Rabbit's Foot 128

"The Poor Little Child of a Tar." 19

The Royal Arms 37

To His Former Enemies 99

Tribute From a Fellow Club Man UO



In Dewey Family History.



Appendix

Biography of —
Abner Dewey
Adelbert M. Dewe%
Capt.. Adijah Dewe\
Hon. Albert Gallatin Dew
Albert Lewis De\\o\
Alfred Timothv Dtne\
Hon. Almon Ralph Dew(^
Ansel Dewey.
Hon. Charles Dewe\
Chauncey Dewev
Rev. Chester Dfwev M ]
Chester Franklin Dewty
Daniel Clark Devve\
David Dewey, M D
Edmund Sabiii Dewei
Eldad Dewey.
Captain Elijah Dewe^
Captain Edward Dewe\
Francis Henshaw Dewei
Frederick Perkms Deni\
George Melville Dewej



Biography of— Continued

and poem b> George Washington Dewey

Hiram Todd Dewev

Israel Dewe\

Deacon James Dewe> a

Rev. Jede liah Dewej id

John C. Dewev

Dr. Julius Yemans Dewe>

Louis Marlnua Dcwej

Lieut. Martin Dewey

Prof. Melvil Dewev

Gov. Nelson Dcnej

Rev. OrvilleDewej D D

Richard Dow ev M D

Adjutant Russell Dewev

Capt. Samnel W Dewey

Seth Dewej

Solomon Dewey

Lieut. Thtodore GIbbs Dewey

Thomas Charles Dewey

Thomas Joll,er<ion Dewey



Walter Dew



M D



Table of Contents.



Biography of — Continued. Paoi.

Capt. Zebedlah Dewey 258

Hon. Franklin Dewey Richards 541

Franklin S. Jiichards 547

Samuel W. Richar Is 544

Gen. William ShepparU 263

Irving Dewey Williams 1077

Paul Baxter Y.ilc 309

Branch of Anna (Dewey) Woodward „ 717

Errata 1082

Explanatory 209

Family Cliaracteri.stics 208

Family Origin 206

Index to persons connecti'l with or descendants of Deweys, 1105

Index to Section I 1083

Index to Section 2 1087

Index to Section 3 1095

Index to Section i 1099



Page

Index to Section 5 J130

Israel Dewey the First 721

Jededlah Dewey the First 843

Josiah Dewey the First 383

Journal of John Dewey, Revolutionary Soldier 278

Our English and Other Cousins ' 1068

Poetofflces Named Dewey 208

Preface 203

Prelnde 211

Section 1, Branch of Thomas 201

Section 2, Branch of Josiah 381

Sections, Branch of Israel 719

Section 4, Branch of Jededlah 841

Section 9, Miscellaneous Deweys 1047

The Family History 205

Thomas Dewey, the Settler 216

I the Second 230





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Author and Edit



PREFACE TO LIFE OF GEORGE DEWEY.

TO tell the story of a life well spent and honorably ended
requires but the pen of the faithful historian and biog-
rapher ; but to record for all time the past achievements
of a man yet in the prime of most perfect manhood, whose career
of usefulness may yet continue for more than a score of years, and
one whose manifest destiny seems to have already made for him a
place in the very topmost niche of fame as a naval commander,
calls for the exercise of mines of thought and powers of intellect
well calculated to command the very best effort of any author.

In gathering the story of the Life of Rear Admiral George Dewey
we have had access to an unusual fount of knowledge in the person
of the Admiral's loving sister, Mrs. Mary P. Greeley, whose assist-
ance was gratefully accepted by the writer; and other members of
the family of George Dewey have also generously aided us in the
preparation of this work. A letter received from George Dewey
himself as late as October 29, and written from the flagship Olympia
on September 14, 1898. cordially approves our effort, and very
graciously indorses the stories of his life as furnished by his devoted
sister.

In this work we have studiously avoided giving to the story a
stereotyped official character, but have rather sought to present in
an interesting manner both fact and fable for the delectation of the
American people.

THE AUTHOR.

Washington, D. C, November i, 1898.
[5]



GEORGE DEWEY.

"An honest tale speeds best, being plainly told." — Shakespeare.

THE day was Christmas, that happiest of all the winter holi-
days, and the good people of the Capital City of the Green
Mountain State were as merry with their festivities as is
the custom in all those ancient New England households. Decem-
ber 25 comes there as early as elsewhere in the calendar year; but,
somehow, it seems to be a little later in the season when the snow
has lain on the ground for several weeks, and the jolly jingle of the
sleighbells has become sufficiently familiar to no longer cause a
scurry of the children to the windows to see the horses and hear the
music of the sweet toned harbingers of peace and happiness. And,
too, the latitude of Montpelier is pretty well North, and long ere
the last week in December the thrifty householder of the year of our
Lord 1837 had banked his house against the wintry winds, and
lighted the fires in the great stoves and fireplaces which make the
long evenings pass so pleasantly, and which have given to the homes
of Vermont a fame above that of most of her sister States as a place
of good cheer during the Yule Tide season. It is here the children
come to crack nuts, eat apples and drink the best of sweet cider, and
the ringing laughter, mingled now and again with the music of song
or the interesting tales of other holidays, have a tendency to make
the older ones wish for a return of the days of childhood, when
Santa Claus was not to them a myth, before the years of care and
responsibility had made them acquainted with the stern realities
of life.

Nearly opposite the State House on State street there then stood
a vineclad cottage, known far and wide as the hospitable home of
one of Vermont's foremost citizens. Dr. Julius Yemans Dewey.
Pleasant were the surroundings here, so far as Nature and loving

[7]



8 Life of George Dewey.

hands could make them, and the stately elm trees, with their over-
hanging branches, glistening with the crystals which heaven alone
can send them at this season of the year, only added to the grandeur
of the landscape. Back of the house at a little distance ran the mur-
muring waters of the Onion river, where boys and girls, in their
warm hoods and fur mufflers, gathered during the winter months to
while away an idle hour and gain much needed respite from their
studies or labors, and "crack the whip" was as much in evidence
with the skaters then as the latter-day sport of curling is in this year
of 1898. In the distance are to be seen the snow-clad tops of the
mountain ranges for which the State is famous, and which, for six
months in each year, are so covered with verdure as to entitle them
to the appellation of "Green Mountains."

In this pretty cottage home of Dr. Dewey, Christmas Day, 1837,
was not unlike those of other years. Children there were — two
robust boys, aged respectively, 8 and 1 1 years — and to them the
recurring holiday brought its usual accompaniment of toys, sleds,
skates, pop-corn, candy, nice warm mittens and fur-lined coats and
caps. But there was present an air of quiet expectancy of itself apart
from the regular festivities, and no one acquainted with the family
were at all surprised when, on the following day, December 26, they
learned that another baby boy had come to bless the home of Dr.
Dewey and his most estimable beloved wife. That babe was
christened a few days later in the church which the father had
founded, and was named George Dewey. The large congregation
who witnessed the baptism, and who heard the prompt decisive
answers of the fond parents to the questions propounded by the
dark-robed rector of Christ Church, little realized that the infant
thus starting on the journey of life was one day to become the best-
loved American of his time, achieve the greatest naval victory in the
history of nations, and, by the effort of a single day practically end
a mighty war with a powerful nation, and change the map of the
world.

George Dewey was what some people would call "well born."
His parents were both among the most highly respected people in




CAPT. SIMEON DF.\Vf:Y, I532.




DR. JULIUS YEMANS DEWEY, I964.



Life of George Dewey. 9

that staid old city of Montpelier. His father had been graduated at
the age of twenty-three years from the Medical Department of the
University of Vermont, and practised his profession with great suc-
cess till 1850, when he became medical examiner of the National Life
Insurance Company. During those six and twenty years the genial
doctor became the best-known man in all that country round. His
visits to the bedside of the sick and dying brought him in contact
with thousands of families, the descendants of whom are now con-
gratulating George Dewey and his family on the victory of Manila
Bay. To the sick his coming was as a beam of sunshine on a dark
and dreary day. He was a religious man, but not one of the sort
who carried his Christianity on his coat sleeve to be seen of men,
but who, rather, permitted the glory of his Master to shine out in
his countenance, and who spoke cheering words to those in trouble,
and always had a pleasant smile for those with whom he came in
daily contact. His was a religion of deeds, not words, and many
are the tales told since his death by those whom he had helped in
many ways during his long and useful life. He dispensed charity
with a lavish hand, and yet his left hand never knew what his right
hand was doing. As may be readily understood, Julius Yemans
Dewey was a man of importance in the community where he lived,
and his counsel and advice were often sought by men in all the walks
of life. He was a man of musical and literary tastes, and he is said
to rarely have permitted a Sunday evening to pass which did not
witness a gathering of the young people of his immediate neighbor-
hood at his home, where for an hour the sweet tones of the cottage
organ were united with the melodious notes of the doctor's own
superb tenor, mingled with the voices of a score or more young
men and women, all singing in sweet accord the popular hymns for
which the Hymnal of the Episcopal Church is so justly noted Long
prayers were not the doctor's forte ; but praises to God in the true
spirit of Christian fellowship in every day life were the character-
istics of the Admiral's father. When the handful of worshipers in
Montpelier who espoused the Episcopal faith decided to build a
church of their own, it was to Doctor Dewey they came for counsel,



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and he became known as the founder of Christ Church. The first
funeral ever held in this sacred edifice was that of George Dewey's
sainted mother, who passed over to the bright beyond when the
future hero of Manila Bay was but a mere chit of a boy of five years.
It was in the Sunday School of Christ Church that young George
was taught his first lessons in the catechism, and here, too, he was
confirmed and admitted to fellowship in the church in which he has
been a consistent worshiper all the days of the years since passed.
Dr. Julius Y. Dewey was ever interested deeply in all matters of an
educational nature, and the churches, public schools and libraries of
Vermont always had in him a staunch supporter and earnest friend.
He was a public-spirited citizen, and was ever ready with his voice
or purse to aid in the advancement of railroad, church, school, hotel
or other enterprises in which his loved village or city of Montpelier
might become interested. In a word, George Dewey's father was a
man among men, highly educated, cultured, of strict integrity,
exceptional morals, and firmness of character, just such a man as one
would expect to know as the progenitor of such a leader of men as
Rear Admiral George Dewey.

The Admiral's ancestors all along the line from Thomas Dewey
the Settler, who landed in Massachusetts Bay with the Rev. John
Warham's little band of persecuted Christians in the summer of
1630, down through the Revolutionary War and the War of 18 12,
have been men who have taken a prominent part in the affairs of
State and Nation. And, too, he comes of stock possessing the quali-
ties which he himself has shown in his destruction of the Spanish
fleet in the harbor of Cavite. The Deweys have ever been fighters
— not brawlers who quarrel for the sake of creating a disturbance,
but fighters to the manor born, who were ever ready to lay down
their lives if need be in defense of their country's honor, or to resent
any insult to their country's flag. Among the best known of the
family's representatives in this class stands the name of the Rev.
Jedediah Dewey, whom history tells us adjourned a service in his
church to go out one Sunday morning to fight the British at the
Battle of Bennington, and returned to the house of worship and took



Life of George Dewey. ii

up his sermon where he had left off when interrupted, and finished
it to the end. Another of this same family was Capt. Elijah Dewey,
a son of the Rev. Jedediah, who has a record of having been at
Ticonderoga, the evacuation of St. Clare, at the Battle of Bennington,
where his reverend father earned the title of "the fighting parson,"
and at the surrender of Burgoyne. And when that other Vermonter,
Ethan Allen, put in an appearance so early in the morning and
demanded the keys of the fortress at Ticonderoga, he was accom-
panied by Ensign Simeon Dewey, who was a brother of George
Dewey's great-grandfather, Capt. William Dewey, who was himself
very much in evidence all through the Revolutionary War. Several
others of the Admiral's ancestors in direct line have been equally as
conspicuous as defenders of the stars and stripes as those so briefly
noted.

The youthful George, as a boy, was not unlike other boys of his
own circle of acquaintance ; but he was ever the chosen leader in all
the games or sports. Elsewhere in this volume are told stories and
anecdotes of his childhood and youth, all going to illustrate a char-
acter which the passage of the years has but intensified and strength-
ened. As a child he played marbles, swapped knives with the other
boys, played mumble-te-peg, jacks, four old cat, hide and seek, and
all the other games known to Young America in that day and gen-
eration. But one thing was noticeable. His kite would fly a little
the highest, he was a trifle the best shot at marbles, his hand a little
steadier than the others at the game of jacks ; and when some one
was wanted to take the lead in anything, from playing truant to go
nutting, to the running away from school to go in swimming, it
was the future Admiral who was called upon to head the procession.

And so his life was spent till he was fourteen years of age, when
he followed the dominie whp had so soundly trounced him in the
village school, as related elsewhere, to a private school which he
established about this time in a neighboring village. But George
was not to be contented with the quiet life which his family had led,



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