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James Harrison Oliver

15 January 1857 - 6 April 1928  

Chronology of Service 

1857 Jan 15 Born in Houston County, Georgia.
1875 Jun 16 Appointed Cadet Midshipman from 3rd district of Georgia. Hon. Philip Cook.
1877 Jun 20 Completed four years' course at the US Naval Academy.
  Jun 20 Detached from Academy and W.O.
  Aug 18 To Hartford.
1879 May 1 Detached from Essex by Commande in Chief and sent home for examinations, 5th June.
  June   Graduated (final).
  Jun 18 Promoted to rank as Midshipman.
  Jun 20 Detached from Academy, leave till 15 August to re-examinations in September.
  Sep 19 Detached from Academy and W.O.
  Nov 6 Appointed Midshipman from 18th June 1879.
  Dec 8 To Swatara 20 instant.
1881 Oct 1 Promoted to rank as Ensign.
1883 Jan 24 Commissioned an Ensign to rank from 1 October 1881.
  Feb 20 To attend Artillery course Ft. Monroe 1 May.
1884 Apr 25 Detached 30th instant and to Pacific Station per Str. 20th May.
  Jun 11 On board Lackawanna.
1886 Mar 1 Transferred to Shenandoah then to Mohican.
1887 Jun 20 To the Coast Survey.
1888 Sep 28 Promoted to rank as Lieutenant (jg).
1889 Feb 28 Detached and to Naval Ordnance Proving Ground 11th March.
  Mar 12 Commissioned Lieutenant (jg) to rank from 28th September 1888.
  Apr 22 Detached 29th instant and to instruction in Torpedo College.
  Aug 6 Detached and to course of lectures - Naval War College.
  Sep 27 Detached and to Kearsarge 30th instant.
1893  Jan 21 To Ordnance Instruction Washington Yard 1 February.
  Feb 10 Detached 11th instant and Inspr. Hotchkiss Ordnance Works.
  Jul 4 Promoted to Lieutenant.
  Oct 27 Commissioned Lieutenant.
1894 Dec 7 To Minneapolis 13th instant.
1896 Oct 17 Detached and to San Francisco this date.
1897 Nov 29 Detached at once to Torpedo Station (Detached 13 December).
Dec Dec 20 Delay reporting until 13 February.
1899 Sep 21 Detached 30 September and to Yankton as Executive 1 October. (Detached 30 September and reported 1 October).
  Nov 1 Detached and to Asiatic Station, passage on Solace 9 November. Detached 2 November, reported passage Solace 9 November.
  Dec 31 Detached and to Nashville. (Detached 31).
1900 Jul 23 Lieutenant Commander.
1901 Apr 1 Commissioned Lieutenant Commander from 23 July 1900.
1902 Mar 121 To Naval War College 18 March. (Reported 18 March).
1903 Dec 2 Detached 5 December and to duty with Glacier and to command that vessel when in com. (Detached 5 & reported 10 December).
1904 JUl 14 Detached when out commission and to command Culgoa. (Detached 30 July and reported 1 August.).
1905 Jul 6 Transferred to the Retired List from 30 June Section 8, Act. 3 March 1899.
  Jul 6 Continue present duties until further orders.
  Jul 25 Detached and to home. (Detached 11 & reported home 12 August).
  Sep 21 Unexpired leave revoked to duty as Asst. Inspector 14th Light House District, Cincinnati, Ohio and Inspector 15 October (Reported 15 October).
1906 Aug 4 Commissioned ad interim a Commander on active list from 30 June.
  Aug 13 Continue present duties.
  Aug 25 Executed oath of office.
1907 Jan 9 Recommissioned from 1 July 1906.
  Mar 21 Detached 31 March and to Naval War College. (Detached and reported 13 April).
1908 Jul 20 Detached 25 July and to West Virginia as Chief of Staff, Pacific Fleet (Detached 25 July and reported 1 August).
1909 May 4 Detached and to command Albany.
1910 Mar 16 Detached and to duty at Naval War College, Newport, R.I. (Detached 14 April & reported 10 May).
  Jul 1 Captain.
1911 Nov 9 Detached 17 November and to command New Hampshire 18 November. (Detached & reported 16 November).
1912 Jul 18 Detached command New Hampshire 25 July and to command Alabama. (Detached & reported 25 July).
  Sep 6 Detached on relief and to command New Hampshire. (Detached & reported 10 September).
1913 Nov 1 Detached on relief after target practice, home and wait orders. (Detached 12 & home 20 December).
1914 Jan 6 To duty as Director of Naval Intelligence, Navy Department, Washington, DC, 20 January (reported 20 January).
1916 Aug 29 Rear Admiral.
1917 Mar 26 Detached and to duty as Governor of the Virgin Islands of the US taking passage on Dolphin. (Detached 28 March; reported 9 April).
  May 7 Commissioned regular as Governor of Virgin Islands.
  Sep 21 Attained the rank of Rear Admiral Upper half (T) from 1 July 1918.
1919 Feb 26 Detached upon relief and to Naval Operations, Navy Dept., Washington, DC for duty. (Detached 8 April, reported 15 April).
  Jul 31 Attained the rank of Rear Admiral of the upper half 1 July 1919.
1921 Jan 3 Transferred to Retired List from 15 January 1921 as attained statutory retirement age of 64 years. (Act of 29 August 1916).
  Jan 8 Upon being placed on Retired List 15 January 1921 detached. (Office of Naval Operations, Navy Dept.) and to home.
Decorations. Navy Cross
Citation:
     "For exceptionally meritorious service in a duty of great responsibility of Governor of the virgin Islands during the War."
1928 Apr 6 Died at Shirley, Virginia, this date.
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Published: Wed Mar 20 09:14:43 EDT 2019