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CHANDLER, Ralph, naval officer, born in New York, 23 August, 1829. He was appointed to the navy as midshipman, 27 September, 1845, served on the west coast of Mexico during the Mexican war, and was engaged in skirmishes near Mazatlan. He became passed midshipman, 6 October, 1851, was pro-meted to master in 1855, and commissioned as lieutenant on 16 September of that year. He was on the "Vandalia" at the battle of Port Royal, 7 November, 1861, and in 1862 was assigned to the "San Jacinto," of the North Atlantic blockading squadron, on which he was present at the capture of Norfolk. He was promoted to lieutenant-command-er, 16 July, 1862, commanded the "Maumee" at both attacks on Fort Fisher, and was made commander, 25 July, 1866. He became captain, 5 June, 1874, and commodore, 1 March, 1884, and in the same year was appointed commandant of the Brooklyn navy-yard. He was promoted to rear-admiral on 6 October, 1886, succeeded in command of the navy-yard by Commodore Gherardi on 15 October, and was ordered to relieve Rear-Admiral Davis in command of the Asiatic squadron.-His daughter BESSIE (Mrs. Leroy Parker) has contributed numerous poems to the "Century," "St. Nicholas," and other periodicals.
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