James Glennon

James Glennon

American admiral.
Country: USA

Biography of James Glennon

James Henry Glennon, born on February 11, 1857, was an American admiral. He graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1878. Throughout his career, Glennon served on various ships such as Lackawanna, Alaska, Pensacola, and Ranger, stationed in the Pacific Ocean. He also served at the Naval Academy from 1893 to 1896 and 1899 to 1900.

During the Spanish-American War, Glennon served as an officer on the battleship Massachusetts. From 1905 to 1907, he commanded the gunboat Yorktown in the Pacific Ocean. Later, from 1909 to 1915, he became the commander of the battleships Virginia, Florida, and Wyoming. Glennon was also a member of commissions on explosives and smokeless powder.

In 1916, he became the chief of the Washington Navy Yard. The following year, Glennon was sent to Russia as part of a special diplomatic mission led by Elihu Root. He arrived in Sevastopol in June 1917, where he met Admiral Kolchak, the commander of the Black Sea Fleet. When Kolchak left the fleet and traveled to Petrograd, he shared a train with Glennon. Eventually, with Glennon's mediation, Kolchak was invited to the United States by the American government.

After returning from Russia, Glennon commanded the 5th Battleship Division. He retired in 1921, having reached the mandatory retirement age. James Glennon passed away in 1940. In honor of his contributions, two destroyers of the United States Navy were named after him.