Edgar Stanton Maclay
Until her death in 1879, his mother tutored him in preparation for college. Beginning in 1881, after a year of further preparatory study at Syracuse, New York, he entered the classics program at Syracuse University, graduating in 1885. He then researched American history for over a year in England, France and Germany.
In 1896 he was appointed lighthouse keeper at Old Field Point, and in 1901 received an appointment at the New York Navy Yard. He edited the Journal of William Maclay and was the author of History of the United States Navy, which occasioned much controversy and brought about his dismissal from government employ, by order of President Roosevelt, in 1901. The ground of this action, following Maclay's refusal of an official request for his resignation, was a passage in the History stigmatizing Rear Admiral Winfield Scott Schley as a “caitiff, poltroon and coward” for his conduct in the naval fight off Santiago, Cuba on 3 July 1898. Maclay also wrote Reminiscences of the Old Navy and The History of American Privateers.
- "My Family". See short biography at Edgar Stanoton Maclay. Retrieved 26 March 2011.
- This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Rines, George Edwin, ed. (1920). "Maclay, Edgar Stanton". Encyclopedia Americana.
- Edgar Stanton Maclay (1899). A history of American privateers. New York: D. Appleton and Co.
- Edgar Stanton Maclay (1907). A history of the United States Navy from 1775 to 1901. New York: D. Appleton and Co. at archive.org