Henry Braid Wilson

Henry Braid Wilson, Jr. (23 February 1861 – 30 January 1954) was an admiral in the United States Navy during World War I.

Henry Braid Wilson
Henry Braid Wilson (left), circa 1919
Born(1861-02-23)23 February 1861
Camden, New Jersey
Died30 January 1954(1954-01-30) (aged 92)
New York City, New York
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Navy
Years of service1881–1925
Rank Admiral
Commands heldUSS North Dakota (BB-29)
Board of Inspection and Survey
USS Pennsylvania (BB-38)
Patrol Forces, Atlantic Fleet
U.S. Naval Forces, France
U.S. Atlantic Fleet
U.S. Battle Fleet
United States Naval Academy
Battles/warsSpanish–American War
World War I
AwardsNavy Distinguished Service Medal
Distinguished Service Medal (U.S. Army)
World War I Victory Medal
RelationsMG Patrick J. Hurley, son-in-law


Wilson was a native of Camden, New Jersey. He joined the United States Navy in the latter part of the nineteenth century and continued to serve for over forty years. He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1881, His assignments included duties as commanding officer of the USS North Dakota, inspector, senior inspector and president of the Board of Inspection and Survey from November 1913 until May 1916, and commanding officer of the USS Pennsylvania (BB-38) in 1916.

During World War I, he served as commander, Patrol Forces, Atlantic Fleet and then commander, U.S. Naval Forces, France.[1] After the World War he served as Commander-In-Chief of the Atlantic Fleet 1919–1921, Commander-In-Chief of the U.S. Battle Fleet and later superintendent of the U.S. Naval Academy 1921–1925. Two notable students of his at the academy were cadets and future Admiral Hyman G. Rickover, class of 1922, and Admiral Arleigh A. Burke, class of 1923. Wilson retired in 1925, following forty-four years of service.

Wilson died in 1954 in New York City; at the time of his death he was the oldest living admiral of the United States Navy.

Wilson's son-in-law was Hoover Administration United States Secretary of War and Major General Patrick J. Hurley.

Medals and commendations

Navy Distinguished Service Medal
Army Distinguished Service Medal
Sampson Medal
Spanish Campaign Medal
China Relief Expedition Medal
Philippine Campaign Medal
World War I Victory Medal with "Overseas" clasp

Namesake and honors


Academic offices
Preceded by
Archibald H. Scales
Superintendent of United States Naval Academy
Succeeded by
Louis M. Nulton
Military offices
Preceded by
Henry T. Mayo
Commander in Chief, United States Atlantic Fleet
July, 1919June, 1921
Succeeded by
Hilary P. Jones
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