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Naval officer

Leigh Carlyle Palmer, American naval officer. Decorated Order of Naval Merit (Spanish), 1906; Distinguished Service Medal (United States), 1918; Order of Leopold (Belgian), 1919.


Palmer, Leigh Carlyle was born on January 11, 1873 in St. Louis. Son of Enrique and Laura (Creighton) Palmer.


Graduated from the United States Naval Academy, 1896. Doctor of Laws, Wesleyan University, Connecticut, 1919.


1 daughter, Laura Creighton. Promoted Lieutenant junior grade, 1901. Lieutenant, 1903; lieutenant commander, 1908.

Commander, 1908; commander, 1915. Rear admiral, 1916. Participated in Battle of Santiago, 1898. Cuban Naval Campaign.

Philippine Naval Campaign. Duty in Atlantic, Pacific and Asiatic fleets. United States naval representative at wedding of King Alfonso of Spain, 1906.

Naval aide to Secretary of State Root, on S. American trip, 1906. Gunnery officer of United States Ship Vermont, battle efficiency pennant winner, 1908. Director target practice and engineering, 1909-1912.

Naval aide to President Taft, 1909-1912. Commanding destroyers Aylwin and McDougal, and Seventh Destroyers Division, 1913-1914. Executive officer, battleship New York, 1915-1916.

Chief of staff, Battleship Fleet, 1916. Chief bureau of Navigation, 1916-1918. Chief of staff American Battleship Squadron in the North Sea, 1918-1919.

Commanding United States Ship Georgia, 1919. President United States Shipping board Emergency Fleet Corporation, 1924-1925.


Clubs: Chevy Chase, Metropolitan, Army and Navy (Washington).


Married Bessie Draper McKeldin, June 10, 1911.

Enrique Palmer

Laura (Creighton) Palmer

Bessie Draper McKeldin