Henry A. Wiley
|Born||January 31, 1867|
Pike County, Alabama
|Died||May 20, 1943 (aged 76)|
Palm Beach, Florida
|Allegiance||United States of America|
|Service/||United States Navy|
|Years of service||1888–1929, 1941–1943|
|Commands held||U.S. Fleet|
World War I
World War II
|Awards||Distinguished Service Medal|
|Other work||Chairman, 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.
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.
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".