Colvocoresses, George Partridge
Age: 15, credited to Norwich, VTVITALS
Birth: 04/03/1847, Norwich, VTADDITIONAL INFORMATION
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George P. Colvocoresses
George Partridge Colvocoresses was born in Norwich, Vt., on April 3, 1847, the son of George Musalas and Eliza Freelon (Halsey) Colvocoresses.
During the Civil War he served more than two years as Captain's Clerk onboard Supply and later Saratoga, his father's ships. During the period between his service on the two ships, he attended Norwich University for a year. On September 28, 1864, he was appointed a Midshipman at the Naval Academy, graduating on June 4, 1869. He was promoted to Ensign on July 12, 1870, Master on June 18, 1872, and Lieutenant on July 1, 1875, serving on Lancaster and Hartford.
In 1875 and 1876 he served in the Hydrographic Service, than on Gettysburg and Enterprise. He again served with the Hydrographic Service from 1879 to 1886 onboard Hartford on the Pacific Station. From 1886 to 1890 he was an instructor at the Naval Academy. In 1890, he transferred to Enterprise, on the North Atlantic Station, and on Concord, South Atlantic Station, from 1891 to 1893, when he was again transferred to the Naval Academy, where he remained until May 13, 1897.
Colvocoresses was promoted to Lieutenant Commander on June 4, 1897, and ordered to Concord, as its Executive officer. Concord was part of Commodore George Dewey's squadron at Manila Bay, and Colvocoresses was advanced five numbers in grade "for eminent and conspicuous conduct" during the engagement. Colvocoresses also received the Manila Bay Medal, more familiarly known as the Dewey Medal. Concord later participated in the quelling of insurgents in the Philippines.
In 1898, Colvocoresses received an honorary Master of Arts degree from Norwich University.
Colvocoresses was promoted to Commander on June 30, 1900.
He was promoted to Captain in 1905 and for the next two years he served as Commandant of Midshipmen at the Naval Academy. He retired, in June 1907, as Rear Admiral after 45 years of service.
Colvocoresses married, on October 7, 1875, Mary D. Baldwin, of New York. In 1923, he resided in Litchfield, Connecticut. He died in 1932.
Additional duties, for which dates have not been determined, included the Torpedo Station, War College, and in command of the Naval Station, Key West. He also commanded Lancaster, Yankee and Newark.
Sources: Peck, 691; Callahan; Kent 1915, 82; Cogar, 2:51-52; Goddard, 190; Knox, 366-368; Who's Who, 8th Edition, 493, Marquis, Who's Who, 9th Edition, 509.