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William T. Swinburne (August 24, 1847–March 3, 1928) was a rear admiral of the United States Navy and one-time Commander-in-Chief of the United States Pacific Fleet.


He was born in Newport, Rhode Island and entered the navy September 29, 1862. He was a veteran of both the Civil War and the Spanish-American War and retired August 24, 1909. He was Commander-in-Chief of the Pacific Squadron form 1906 to the formation of the Pacific Fleet in 1907. He remained Commander-in-Chief of the Pacific Fleet until 1909. He died in Coronado, California.[1]

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  1. "Veteran Admiral to Have Sea Burial". New York Times: p. 21. 1928-03-05.