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.


George Harrison Hare's died in Philadelphia on July 24, 1857 of "a protracted illness."

From his obituary:

Died, July 24th, at the residence of his father, Dr. Robert Hare, of Philadelphia, Lieut. GEORGE HARRISON HARE, United States Navy.

The final illness of this gallant officer was painful and protracted, and his removal from among us should not pass unnoticed. As a son, brother, and friend he was devotedly affectionate, disinterested, and faithful. In all oscial relations he was manly, courteous, and kindly; in association wit hhis brother officers he was generous, true, and honorable; towards his commanding officers rigidly observant of the rules of the service, both in the letter and the spirit of their interpretation. On active duty he was unfaltering in danger, prompt in peril, and steady in action. His comrades mourn him as a brother beloved; his officers deplore his early loss. Conscious of the fatal tendency of his malady, he timely made all final arrangements of his temporal affairs and his spiritual concerns, and died with a prayer on his lips, confessing the Christian faith, his sure support and trust. He rests in peace!

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.

September 1842

Midshipman, Sloop Falmouth

January 1843

Midshipman, Sloop Falmouth

October 1843

Midshipman, Sloop Falmouth

January 1844

Midshipman, Sloop Falmouth

January 1846

Midshipman, Brig Lawrence

January 1847

Midshipman, Ohio, 74

January 1849

Midshipman, Frigate Constitution

January 1850

Passed Midshipman, Store Ship Fredonia

January 1851

Passed Midshipman, leave of absence

January 1852

Passed Midshipman, Brig Dolphin

January 1853

Passed Midshipman, Steam Frigate Powhatan

January 1854

Passed Midshipman, Steamer Corwin

Others at this command: PASSED MIDN Thomas Eaton '47.

January 1855

Passed Midshipman, acting master, Steamer Corwin

Others at this command: PASSED MIDN Thomas Eaton '47.

January 1856

Lieutenant, Receiving ship, Philadelphia

Others at this command: LT George Hare '47.

January 1857

Lieutenant, Sloop Cyane

Others at this command: MIDN Charles McDougal '56.

Class of 1847

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

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