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Naval officer

William Grenviile Temple, American naval officer. member Navy Retiring Board, 1879-1884.


Temple, William Grenviile was born on March 23, 1824 in Rutland, Vermont, United States. Son of Robert and Charlotte Eloise (Green) Temple.


Graduated from the United States Naval Academy, 1846.


Commissioned midshipman United States Navy, 1840. Made 1st cruise on ship Constellation around the world, 1840-1844. Passed midshipman, 1846.

Took part in chief naval operations during Mexican War, 1847, capture of Alvarado, occupation of Tuxpan and Tabasco. Served on Mediterranean cruise, 1852-1855. Promoted master, 1854.

Flag Lieutenant Pacific Squadron, 1859-1861. Served in the United States coast survey. Commanded steamer Flambeau during Civil War, 1861, ship Pembina on Mobile Blockade, 1862-1863.

Commissioned lieutenant commander, 1862. Fleet captain Eastern Gulf squadron, 1862-1864. Commanded side-wheeler Pontoosue, 1864-1865, participated in both attacks on Fort Fisher, 1864-1865.

Promoted commander, 1865, captain, 1870, commodore, 1878. Rear admiral, 1884; ordnance duty, Portsmouth, N.H., 1866-1869. Chief of staff European Squadron, 1871-1873.

Captain New York Navy Yard, 1875-1877. Member Navy Retiring Board, 1879-1884. Retired, 1884.


Member Navy Retiring Board, 1879-1884.


Married Catlyna Totten, October 7, 1851.

Robert Temple

Charlotte Eloise (Green) Temple

Catlyna Totten