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Naval officer

Joseph Ballard Murdock, American naval officer. Member N.H. House of Representatives, 1921, 23.


Murdock, Joseph Ballard was born on February 13, 1851 in Hartford, Connecticut, United States. Son of Review John Nelson and Martha (Ballard) Murdock.


Graduated from the United States Naval Academy, 1870.


On N. and S. Atlantic stations, 1870-1874. Coast survey duty, 1875-1879. Instructor in physics, Naval Academy, 1880-1883.

Electrical duty, Philadelphia, 1884. Torpedo station, 1886-1888. Asiatic station, 1888-1891.

Electrical duty, Navy Yard, New York, 1891-1894. Home and European stations, 1894-1897. Naval War College, 1897-1899.

Executive officer United States Ship Panther during Spanish-American War. Executive officer New York, 1899-1901. War College, November 1900.

Commander, June 16, 1901. Captain, January 22, 1906. Rear admiral, November 20, 1909.

Commanded Alliance, January-October 1903, Denver, May 1904-October 1905. Duty at Navy Department, 1906. Commanded Rhode Island in cruise of fleet around the world, 1907-1909.

Commandant Navy Yard, New York, May 15, 1909-1910. Commander 2d Division Atlantic Fleet, 1910-1911. Commander-in-chief United States Asiatic Fleet, 1911-1912.

Retired on attaining age limit, February 13, 1913. Ordered to duty at Navy Yard, Portsmouth, N.H., 1918, 19.


  • Other Work

    • Author: Notes on Electricity and Magnetism, 1884.


Member N.H. House of Representatives, 1921, 23.


Married Anne Dillingham, June 26, 1879.

Review John Nelson Murdock

Martha (Ballard) Murdock

Anne Dillingham