The Long Road to Annapolis: The Founding of the Naval Academy and the Emerging American Republic

By William P. Leeman | Go to book overview

CHAPTER 7
Annapolis

Although there was a growing consensus that a naval academy was needed, the navy had still not achieved that goal by the mid-1840s. Several navy secretaries had advocated for an academy, but to varying degrees. Samuel Southard and Abel P. Upshur had considered its establishment a priority, whereas John Branch and James K. Paulding were content simply to make the recommendation to Congress. Yet their overall strategy was the same: all of them had attempted to secure an academy by consulting Congress. What the service needed was a civilian leader who was willing to take a more unorthodox approach. The navy had that leader in 1845, when President James K. Polk named George Bancroft secretary of the navy. Bancroft not only made the founding of a naval academy his top priority; he was willing to use his own authority to make that happen without the direct involvement of Congress. In his effort to succeed where his predecessors had failed, Bancroft received crucial assistance from Professor William Chauvenet and Commander Franklin Buchanan. Along with Bancroft, both men played significant roles in organizing a permanent school for the navy.


William Chauvenet’s Vision

In 1839 the U.S. Navy opened another “study hall” school at the U.S. Naval Asylum in Philadelphia, a hospital and home for disabled and elderly sailors. At first, the new facility was similar to the schools already operating at the Boston, New York, and Norfolk navy yards. It provided

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Tables and Illustrations ix
  • Acknowledgments xi
  • Introduction - Armed Ambassadors 1
  • Prologue - The Maddest Idea in the World 11
  • Chapter 1 - Defending the New Republic 19
  • Chapter 2 - Learning the Ropes 49
  • Chapter 3 - A West Point for the Navy? 69
  • Chapter 4 - Academies and Aristocracy in Andrew Jackson’s America 101
  • Chapter 5 - The Sword and the Pen 127
  • Chapter 6 - Mutiny, Midshipmen, and the Middle Class 163
  • Chapter 7 - Annapolis 195
  • Epilogue - Homecoming 231
  • Appendix 239
  • Notes 243
  • Bibliography 269
  • Index 283
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