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William Rawle Shoemaker, American naval officer. member General Board of Navy, 1912-1914; member General Board, 1917-1919.


Shoemaker, William Rawle was born on February 10, 1863 in Staten Island, New York, United States. Son of Captain Commandant Charles F. (United States.R.C.S.) and Mary Augusta (Cole) S.


Graduated from the United States Naval Academy, 1884. Post-graduate work in electricity, Johns Hopkins, 1889-1892.


Morton Cheeseman, of New York City and San Francisco, June 2, 1896. Children—William Rawle, Carolyn (Mistress A. B. Hepler), Katherine (Mistress Arthur Caley Davis). Commissioned ensign, United States Navy, July 1, 1884.

Promoted through grades to rear admiral, December 24, 1917. Instructor United States Naval Academy, 1896-1898. Commander United States Ship Talbot, Spanish-American War, 1898-1899, United States Ship Arayat, Philippine Insurrection, 1900-1902.

Instructor Naval Academy, 1902-1904. Navigator United States Ship Alabama. Executive officer United States Ship Maine and Connecticut.

In charge enlisted personnel of navy, Bureau Navigation, 1907-1909. Commanded scout cruiser Chester, 1909-1910. Chief-of-staff, Atlantic Fleet, 1910-1912.

Member General Board of Navy, 1912-1914. Commanded United States Ship Arkansas, 1914-1916. Member General Board, 1917-1919.

Appointed commander battleship div. 3, Atlantic Fleet, January 29, 1919, battleship force 1, Atlantic Fleet, April 1, 1919, battleship div. 3, Pacific Fleet, July 1, 1919, cruiser force, Pacific Fleet, July 8, 1920.

Commandant 14th Naval District (Hawaii), January 14, 1921. V. admiral and commander battleship force, Pacific Fleet, July 8, since 1921. Director war plans operations, Navy Department, June 26, 1923-1924.

Chief of bureau of Navigation, June 7, 1924-February 10, 1927, retired.


Member General Board of Navy, 1912-1914. Member General Board, 1917-1919.


Married Jennie D., d. Children: William Rawle, Carolyn (Mistress.

Captain Commandant Charles F. Shoemaker

Jennie D.

William Rawle Shoemaker

Carolyn (Mrs Shoemaker