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Rear Admiral Edward D. Taussig, USN, (1847-1921)

Edward David Taussig was born in St. Louis, Missouri, on 20 November 1847. He was appointed to the U.S. Naval Academy in 1863, during the Civil War, and was educated at that institution during the next four years. Graduated in June 1867 and commissioned in the rank of Ensign in late 1868, his early sea service was perhaps most remarkable for his time as an officer of the gunboat Wateree when a tidal wave washed her far inland at Arica, Chile, on 13 August 1868. As a Lieutenant during the 1870s and 1880s Taussig was stationed at a number of shore stations and in several ships, among them the Washington Navy Yard's receiving ship Relief and USS Trenton, flagship of the European Squadron, and spent some years on survey duty. The latter work continued well into the 1890s, when he was a Lieutenant Commander.

Promoted to the rank of Commander in August 1898, Taussig commanded the gunboats Bennington and Yorktown on the Asiatic Station, among other assignments. Between 1902 and 1908, Captain Taussig's commands included the receiving ship Independence and battleships Massachusetts and Indiana. He also attended the Naval War College, was Captain of the Yard at the New York Navy Yard and was Commandant of the Norfolk Navy Yard and the Fifth Naval District. In May 1908, while serving in the latter positions, he attained the rank of Rear Admiral. Retired in November 1909, Rear Admiral Taussig was recalled to active duty during World War I as Commandant of the Naval Unit at Columbia University. Edward D. Taussig died at Newport, Rhode Island, on 29 January 1921.

The destroyer USS Taussig (DD-746) of 1944-1974, was named in honor of Rear Admiral Taussig.

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