WILLIAM H. STEINHAGEN, NAVAL CADET, USN

From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall
William Steinhagen '01

Date of birth: September 1876

Date of death: December 19, 1901

Age: 23

Lucky Bag

From the 1901 Lucky Bag:

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Steinhagen, William Henry

Indianapolis, Indiana

"Stein," "Bill."

First began agitating affairs out near the Wabash in 187—. Has since followed agitating as a profession. Found a new, sure way of working watchmen which is still a secret. Author of a standard work on "Wall Scaling" and "The Art of Disguise." Has a German idea of wit which is rather noisy and can be heard all over the corridor. Knows his way about Baltimore, and still keeps well up in the ways of that city.

Buzzard; Stroke N. A. crew (4); Hustlers (4, 3); Divisional foot-ball (4, 3); Class foot-ball team (1); June Ball Committee (2); Choir (4, 3, 2, 1); Editor-in-Chief Lucky Bag (1); Anti-Purity Brigade (1). Star (4, 3).

1901 Steinhagen LB.jpg

Steinhagen, William Henry

Indianapolis, Indiana

"Stein," "Bill."

First began agitating affairs out near the Wabash in 187—. Has since followed agitating as a profession. Found a new, sure way of working watchmen which is still a secret. Author of a standard work on "Wall Scaling" and "The Art of Disguise." Has a German idea of wit which is rather noisy and can be heard all over the corridor. Knows his way about Baltimore, and still keeps well up in the ways of that city.

Buzzard; Stroke N. A. crew (4); Hustlers (4, 3); Divisional foot-ball (4, 3); Class foot-ball team (1); June Ball Committee (2); Choir (4, 3, 2, 1); Editor-in-Chief Lucky Bag (1); Anti-Purity Brigade (1). Star (4, 3).

Loss

William died on December 19, 1901 of "an attack of malarial fever" in La Fey, Cuba, while aboard the patrol yacht Vixen. The Annual Register of the United States Naval Academy 1902-1903 gives the same date and place.

Other Information

He was survived by his wife and his mother.

He stood number 5 in his class following his 3/c year; he was number 20 (of 67) the following year. Following examinations his 1/c year he stood number 29. As was the practice at the time, he was then sent to the fleet for two years, still as a Naval Cadet. His classmates were commissioned as Ensigns on June 7, 1903.

Memorial Hall Error

William was a "Naval Cadet;" Memorial Hall has Midshipman, a rank which was not re-established until July 1, 1902. More importantly, illness is not a criteria for inclusion in Memorial Hall.


Class of 1901

William is one of 5 members of the Class of 1901 on Virtual Memorial Hall.

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