Albert S. Barker

Albert Smith Barker

Albert Smith Barker in 1900
Born March 31, 1845
Hanson, Massachusetts
Died January 30, 1916(1916-01-30) (aged 70)
Washington, D.C.
Place of burial Arlington National Cemetery[1]
Allegiance  United States
Service/branch United States Navy
Years of service 1859–1905
Rank Rear Admiral
Commands held USS Newark
C-in-C, North Atlantic Fleet USS Pennsylvania (ACR-4) USS Enterprise (1874) Oregon (BB-3) Commandant New York Navy Yard
Battles/wars American Civil War
Spanish–American War

Albert Smith Barker (March 31, 1845 – January 30, 1916) was an admiral in the United States Navy who served during the American Civil War and the Spanish–American War.


Born in Hanson, Massachusetts, Barker graduated from the Naval Academy in 1862. He served aboard the Mississippi, Monongahela and Niagara during the Civil War.

In July 1883, Albert Barker was commander of the screw-sloop USS Enterprise while on the East Coast of Africa at Zanzibar. He wrote a report on the "Trade of Zanzibar" of imports and exports for the years 1882–83. The trade of the port principally being with the United States, England, Germany, and France. Many vessels from these countries were employed in this trade process with America, such as the British man-of-war HMS London stationed at Zanzibar as a store ship.

During the Spanish–American War he commanded the battleship USS Oregon and participated in the bombardment of Santiago on July 1, 1898. He was Commander-in-Chief of the North Atlantic Fleet from 1903 to 1905.

Rear Admiral Barker died January 30, 1916 at Washington, D.C.


The destroyer USS Barker (DD-213) was named for him.


Barker as a Lieutenant, 1864

Dates of Rank

United States Naval Academy Midshipman – Class of 1862
Ensign Lieutenant Lieutenant Commander Commander Captain
O-1 O-3 O-4 O-5 O-6
1862 February 22, 1864 July 25, 1866 March 28, 1877 May 5, 1892
Commodore Rear Admiral
O-7 O-8
1899 October 10,1905

Barker never held the rank of LTJG (O-2) due to it not being created until later years. As well, Commodore is the modern day equivalent to Rear Admiral (lower half) and Rear Admiral then is equivalent to today's Rear Admiral (Upper Half).


  1. "Albert Smith Barker, Rear Admiral, United States Navy". Retrieved 1 August 2010.
Military offices
Preceded by
Francis J. Higginson
Commander-in-Chief, North Atlantic Fleet
July 1903 – March 1905
Succeeded by
Robley D. Evans
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