Henry Walton Grinnell

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Henry Walton Grinnell

Birthdate: (76)
Death: Died
Immediate Family:

Son of Henry Grinnell and Sarah Grinnell
Brother of Cornelius Grinnell; Sarah Minturn Grinnell; Robert Minturn Grinnell; William Minturn Grinnell; Mary Minturn Grinnell and 2 others

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About Henry Walton Grinnell


Henry Walton Grinnell (November 19, 1843 – September 2, 1920), known as Walton Grinnell, was a naval veteran of the American Civil War and the Spanish–American War. He became a rear admiral and Inspector-General in the Imperial Japanese Navy and served at the battle of the Yalu River in the Sino-Japanese War of 1894–95. He was discharged as an admiral at the end of the war.

Walton Grinnell's elder sister Sylvia (born 1838) married William Fitzherbert Ruxton (born 1830) who became an admiral in the British Royal Navy.

Henry Grinnell, father of Sylvia and Walton, was a partner in Grinnell, Minturn & Co., owners of the Swallowtail shipping line which included Flying Cloud, in 1851 the fastest clipper ship in the world. He financed an expedition to discover the fate of Sir John Franklin who was lost while searching for the Northwest Passage, and the Grinnell Peninsula on Devon Island is named after him.

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Henry Walton Grinnell's Timeline

November 19, 1843
September 2, 1920
Age 76