16 Jul '17, 3pm

1st Rear Admiral in US Navy was David Farragut 155 years ago today under Abraham Lincoln.

All the highest ranks in the Navy -- rear admiral, vice admiral, and admiral of the Navy -- were created for just one man, the inimitable David Glasgow Farragut, hero of the Battle of Mobile Bay and other sea encounters. Farragut's rise to the post of admiral in 1866 was the crowning moment in a career that began before he was a teenager and lasted for more than five decades. Son of a Scots-Irish pioneer woman and a Spanish father, the Revolutionary War hero Jorge Farragut, young Farragut grew up hearing tales of sea adventure and derring-do. When his mother died, family friend Commodore David Porter adopted Farragut. Porter secured an appointment as midshipman for his 9-year-old charge. Cadets were educated and trained at sea -- the U.S. Naval Academy was not established until 1845 -- and before long, Midshipman Farragut was on the USS Essex. During the War of 1812, the E...

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