Daniel Ammen (1819-1896) served in the U.S. Navy (1836-1868), was in charge of the Bureau of Yards and Docks and the Bureau
of Navigation (1868-78), and served as Secretary of the Isthmian Canal Commission (1872-76). He was also an advocate of a
Nicaraguan canal route, a representative of the U.S. at the Interoceanic Canal Congress in Paris (1879), and designer the
Ammen ram. The collection contains correspondence, papers, documents, photographs, dueling pistols, and blueprints concerning
Admiral Ammen's career in the U.S. Navy, his activities as Secretary of the Isthmian Canal Commission (1872-1876), as representative
from the U.S. to the Interoceanic Canal Congress at Paris in 1879, and his various efforts in support of the Nicaraguan canal
route. The collection also contains papers relating to the design and construction of the Ammen ram.
Ammen was born on May 16, 1819; was boyhood friend of Ulysses S. Grant; became a midshipman in 1836; undertook long voyages
to China and Japan (1845-47), went on expedition up the Paraguay River (1853-54), sailed on Pacific cruise (1857-60); in Civil
War, took part in the attack upon Port Royal in the gunboat Seneca and participated in the bombardment of Fort McAllister
in the monitor Patapsco; was called from sea duty through President Grant's influence; in charge of the Bureau of Yards and
Docks, and the Bureau of Navigation, 1868-78; was named Secretary of the Isthmian Canal Commission (1872-76), where he became
an advocate of a Nicaraguan canal route; represented the U.S. at the Interoceanic Canal Congress in Paris, 1879; designed
the Ammen ram, a small coast-defense vessel, one of which, the Katahdin, was built and accepted for service; wrote several
books, including The Old Navy and the New (1891); died at Ammendale, near Washington, D.C., on July 11, 1898.
3.6 linear feet
(4 boxes and 1 oversize box)
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