Henry A. Wiley


Admiral Henry Ariosto Wiley (31 January 1867 – 20 May 1943) was an officer in the United States Navy during the Spanish–American War, World War I, and World War II.

Henry A. Wiley
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Admiral Henry A. Wiley
Born(1867-01-31)January 31, 1867
Pike County, Alabama
DiedMay 20, 1943(1943-05-20) (aged 76)
Palm Beach, Florida
AllegianceUnited States of America
Service/branchUnited States Department of the Navy Seal.svg United States Navy
Years of service1888–1929, 1941–1943
RankUS-O10 insignia.svg Admiral
Commands heldU.S. Fleet
Battles/warsSpanish–American War
World War I
World War II
AwardsDistinguished Service Medal
Other workChairman, U.S. Maritime Commission


Born in Pike County, Alabama, Wiley graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1888. He served on the Maple during the Spanish–American War and attained his first command, Villalobos, in 1904. During the First World War Wiley commanded battleship USS Wyoming (BB-32) attached to the 6th Battle Squadron of the British Grand Fleet and received the Distinguished Service Medal for his "outstanding performance."

After various shore and fleet commands, he was appointed Admiral in 1927 and served as Commander-in-chief, United States Fleet, until his retirement in 1929 after over 40 years of service.

Wiley wrote his memoirs in 1934.[1]

Wiley served in the years that followed as Chairman of the Maritime Commission and in other important government posts until being recalled to active duty in 1941. In the next year, he headed the Navy Board of Production Awards.

Wiley retired once more 2 January 1943 and died 20 May 1943 at Palm Beach, Florida. He was buried in Arlington National Cemetery four days later.[2]


USS Henry A. Wiley was named for him.

Wiley Hall, the main Administration Building at the United States Merchant Marine Academy is named for Admiral Wiley as the "Father of the Merchant Marine Cadet Corps".


  1. ^ Wiley, Henry Ariosto. An Admiral from Texas. Garden City, N.Y.: Doubleday, Doran & Company, Inc, 1934. OCLC 328567
  2. ^ "Wiley, Henry A". ANC Explorer. U.S. Army. Retrieved 2020-01-16.
This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships.
Military offices
Preceded by Commander in Chief, United States Fleet
1927 – May 21, 1929
Succeeded by