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David Foote Sellers, American naval officer. Decorated Distinguished Service Medal for “exceptionally meritorious services in Nicaragua”; Navy Cross, with citation “for exceptionally meritorious service in a duty of great responsibility”; Victory medal with star, Spanish Campaign, Philippine Campaign, Mexican Service medals (all United States); medal El Merito (Nicaragua); Order of Abdon Calderon (Ecuador).


Sellers, David Foote was born on February 4, 1874 in Fort Austin, Austin, Texas, United States. Son of Major Edwin Elias and Olive Lay (Foote) Sellers.


Bachelor of Science, United States Naval Academy, 1894. Graduated from the United States Naval War College, 1917. Doctor of Laws, St. John’s College, Annapolis, Maryland.

Doctor of Science, University of Southern California.


Commissioned ensign United States Navy, July 1, 1896. Advanced through grades to rear admiral, June 2, 1927. Advanced to admiral on retired list, June 16, 1942.


  • Other Work

    • Author: Unofficial Navy Code, 1909.


Served on Alliance and Philadelphia, Spanish-American War, taking part in Samoan campaign, 1899. Clubs: Army and Navy, Army, Navy and Marine Corps Country, Chevy Chase (Washington).


Married Anita Clay Evans, November 1, 1905.

Major Edwin Elias Sellers

Olive Lay (Foote) Sellers

Anita Clay Evans