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CHESTER, Colby M., naval officer, born in Connecticut in 1845. He was graduated at the United States naval academy, assigned in 1863 to the steam sloop "Richmond," of the western gulf squadron, and participated in the operations against Mobile on 5 August, 1864. He was promoted master, 10 November, 1866, commissioned lieutenant, 21 February, 1867, lieutenant-commander, 12 March, 1868, became commander, 15 October, 1881, and was hydrographic inspector of the coast survey from 1881 till 1885.
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