Richard Inch, American naval officer. Served on Lancaster and Powhatan, 1863-1867.
Inch, Richard was born on June 29, 1843 in Washington, District of Columbia, United States. Son of Philip and Mary (O’Neil) Inch.
Educated East Washington Seminary and Washington Seminary Appointed 3d assistant engineer United States Navy, September 8, 1863. Promoted 2d assistant engineer, October 15, 1865. Passed assistant engineer, September 28, 1874.
Chief engineer, August 3, 1892. Commander, March 3, 1899. Captain, November 12, 1902.
Retired as rear admiral, June 29, 1905.
He served in USS Lancaster and other ships during the American Civil War. During his long career Inch served as special assistant at the White House, as Inspector of Coal, and as an officer in many of the ships of the fleet. He was at Mare Island Navy Yard during the Spanish–American War, but was assigned to Naval Station Cavite in March 1899.
Inch served with distinction during this tumultuous time in the Philippines, and was later advanced three numbers in grade for his performance. He retired as a Rear Admiral in 1905, and died on 21 April 1911 at Washington, D.C.