Life if Alfred Thayer Mahan

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Austin J. Kelly NS202 Section 2 2-20-08 Research on Alfred Thayer Mahan Alfred Thayer Mahan was born in West Point, New York on September 27, 1840 where his father was currently a professor at the United States Military Academy. Mahan attended Columbia University for two years until he transferred to the United States Naval Academy where he graduated second in his class when he was just 19 years old. In the beginning of Mahan’s career, he served on the vessels USS Congress, Pocahontas, and James Adger. While in the U.S. Navy, Mahan held the position of Commanding Officer for a number of vessels, many of which have been involved in collisions due to the fact that Mahan’s skills as a commander were not exemplary. Although Alfred T. Mahan did not fully master the skills of Commanding Officer, he is surely thought to be the most influential naval historian in our country’s history. Most of Mahan’s work was written as he was on shore duty or as a professor at any of the institutes at which he was employed.
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