From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

George Hare '47

Date of birth: 1823

Date of death: July 24, 1857

Age: ~34

Lucky Bag

The Lucky Bag was first published in 1894.

Life & Loss

Unable to find any details about George Harrison Hare's life or loss, except that it occurred in Philadelphia on July 24, 1857.

His obituary is a part of the Hare-Willing family papers at the American Philosophical Society Library. (Requested a copy on January 23, 2019.)

He was born in, and appointed to the Naval Academy from, Pennsylvania.

He was survived by his wife, Elizabeth; both were from prominent families in Philadelphia. They had no children. He is buried in Philadelphia.

George was one of six children. His father was a well-known scientist; his father-in-law was a lawyer, judge, and politician.


From the Naval History and Heritage Command:

Midshipman, 19 October, 1841. Passed Midshipman, 10 August, 1847. Master, 14 September, 1855. Lieutenant, 15 September, 1855. Died 24 July, 1857.


In 1922, his wife's portrait was in the "Catalogue of the memorial exhibition of portraits" of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.

Navy Directories & Officer Registers

The "Register of Commissioned and Warrant Officers of the United States Navy and Marine Corps" was published annually from 1815 through at least the 1970s; it provided rank, command or station, and occasionally billet until the beginning of World War II when command/station was no longer included. Scanned copies were reviewed and data entered from the mid-1840s through 1922, when more-frequent Navy Directories were available.

The Navy Directory was a publication that provided information on the command, billet, and rank of every active and retired naval officer. Single editions have been found online from January 1915 and March 1918, and then from three to six editions per year from 1923 through 1940; the final edition is from April 1941.

The entries in both series of documents are sometimes cryptic and confusing. They are often inconsistent, even within an edition, with the name of commands; this is especially true for aviation squadrons in the 1920s and early 1930s.

Alumni listed at the same command may or may not have had significant interactions; they could have shared a stateroom or workspace, stood many hours of watch together… or, especially at the larger commands, they might not have known each other at all. The information provides the opportunity to draw connections that are otherwise invisible, though, and gives a fuller view of the professional experiences of these alumni in Memorial Hall.

January 1842

Midshipman, Frigate Columbia

Others at this command: MIDN David McDermut '47, MIDN Horace Crabb '47, MIDN Sylvanus Bliss '47, and MIDN William Bridge '47.

January 1844

Midshipman, Frigate Columbia

Others at this command: MIDN David McDermut '47, MIDN Horace Crabb '47, MIDN Sylvanus Bliss '47, and MIDN William Bridge '47.

January 1846

Midshipman, Schooner Flirt

January 1847

Midshipman, on leave

Others at this command: MIDN Sylvanus Bliss '47.

January 1848

Midshipman, Schooner Flirt

January 1849

Midshipman, Naval School

Others at this command: MIDN Allen Byrens '47, MIDN Horace Crabb '47, and MIDN Sylvanus Bliss '47.

January 1850

Passed Midshipman, Schooner Taney

January 1852

Passed Midshipman, Coast Survey

Others at this command: PASSED MIDN Robert Marr '46, PASSED MIDN Horace Crabb '47, PASSED MIDN Simeon Bassett '47, and PASSED MIDN William Van Wyck '47.

January 1855

Passed Midshipman, Receiving ship, Philadelphia

January 1856

Lieutenant, Receiving ship, Philadelphia

Others at this command: LT Edward Renshaw '47.

January 1857

Lieutenant, waiting orders

Class of 1847

George is one of 31 members of the Class of 1847 on Virtual Memorial Hall.