Philip Hichborn (1839 - 1910) MP

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Birthplace: Charlestown , Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States
Death: Died in Washington, District of Columbia, District of Columbia, United States
Occupation: Chief Constructor and Chief of the Bureau of Construction and Repair of the United States Navy
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About Philip Hichborn

US Navy Rear Admiral. Chief Constructor and Chief of the Bureau of Construction and Repair of the United States Navy from 1893 to 1901. His most important contribution to the Navy was the preparation of the United States Fleet for the Spanish American War. 

  • "Among his important inventions are the Franklin life-buoy, which was generally adopted by the United States and other navies of the world. He was elected member of the Society of the Naval Architects and Marine Engineers of America. His article entitled "Sheathed and Unsheathed Ships," published in the "Proceedings of the Naval Institute." April, 1890, was widely copied and commented on and in 1898 the necessity of his plan of sheathing was demonstrated in the war with Spain. After the war all the vessels authorized by congress were required to be sheathedand coppered." (2)
  • "In 1899 Admiral Hichborn was elected a member of the Institution of Naval Architects of England. He is a prominent Free Mason, having taken all the degrees to the thirty-second." (2)

Notes

  1. Cruise of the Dashing Wave: rounding Cape Horn in 1860. By Philip Hichborn, William H. Thiesen. Book jacket: "Philip Hichborn rose to become an admiral and chief constructor of the U.S. Navy, but on this, his first voyage, he served as ship's carpenter. Because of his unfamiliarity with life on board ship, his journal is filled with descriptions that provide us with a unique window into the clipper ship's daily routine. Hichborn's position gave him a unique opportunity to note observations about the cruise that were both ordinary and extraordinary. ... "Most nineteenth-century accounts of seafaring were written by captains, mates, or seamen, but this unusually candid journal captures a rare perspective, one that reveals an intimate understanding of sailors' class associations. It translates the manner in which "class" was experienced by sailors on board ship in the mid-nineteenth century. As such, it lays bare the social and professional interactions of a team of strangers stressed to the point of rebellion and murder - revealing that the rigid traditional hierarchy of a ship could be challenged by a man of skill and personality."
  2. Chronology of the Hitchborn Family, 1673-1891 prepared in 1891 by Naval Constructor Philip Hichborn, U.S.N. and it appears that he typed it, with carbon copies

Sources

  1. District of Columbia: concise biographies of its prominent and representative contemporary citizens, and valuable statistical data ... (Google eBook) Henry Brown Floyd Macfarland. The Potomac Press, 1908 - History. page 223.
  2. New England Families, Genealogical and Memorial: A Record of the Achievements of Her People in the Making of Commonwealths and the Founding of a Nation, Volume 2 (Google eBook) William Richard Cutter. Lewis historical publishing Company, 1913 - New England. Page 772
  3. New England Families, Genealogical and Memorial: A Record of the Achievements of Her People in the Making of Commonwealths and the Founding of a Nation, Volume 2 (Google eBook) William Richard Cutter. Lewis historical publishing Company, 1913 - New England. Page 960
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Adm. Philip Hichborn's Timeline

1839
February 4, 1839
Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States
1875
November 29, 1875
Age 36
Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts

Massachusetts, Town and Vital Records, 1620-1988
Name: Jennie M Franklin
Event Type: Marriage
Birth Date: abt 1844
Marriage Date: 29 Nov 1875
Marriage Place: Boston, Massachusetts
Marriage Age: 31
Father Name: Philip Franklin
Mother Name: Mary
Spouse Name: Philip Hichborn
Spouse Marriage Age: 36
Spouse Father Name: Philip
Spouse Mother Name: Martha
Source Information:
Ancestry.com. Massachusetts, Town and Vital Records, [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2011.
Original data: Town and City Clerks of Massachusetts. Massachusetts Vital and Town Records. Provo, UT: Holbrook Research Institute (Jay and Delene Holbrook).

1876
November 17, 1876
Age 37
Philadelphia, Philadephia , Pennsylvania, United States
1882
September 30, 1882
Age 43
Philadelphia, Philadelphia , Pennsylvania, United States
1910
May 1, 1910
Age 71
Washington, District of Columbia, District of Columbia, United States
1910
Age 70
Cambridge, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States