George Albert Converse was born in Norwich, Vermont, and attended Norwich University. In 1861 he was appointed midshipman, rising to the rank of rear admiral in 1863. He served in command of the Montgomery with Admiral William T. Sampson’s squadron off the coast of Cuba during the Spanish-American War. Converse was noted for his naval engineering. During his years of service, he pioneered the use of electricity on ships and was early in the use of smokeless powder aboard ships. He also contributed to the development of torpedo boats. Converse served successive terms from 1903 to 1906 as Chief of the Bureaus of Equipment, Ordnance, and Navigation, retiring in 1906.
This George Converse mug is part of our Civil War Series profiling participants in the War Between the States. Thousands of Confederate and Union soldiers fought in battles such as Bull Run, Antietam, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, Vicksburg, Chattanooga, Cold Harbor and Petersburg. We honor their sacrifices by telling their stories.
The biographical History Mugs were created to teach and inspire individuals to learn about our diverse and interesting history. The biographies were researched and written by history enthusiast, Robert Compton. He colorized most of the historic photos and images used on the mugs, which were originally black and white or sepia tone. The images and biographies are imprinted on mugs at his studio in rural Vermont.
- Mugs are food and microwave safe.
- To preserve photographic quality we recommend hand washing.
- Mugs are usually shipped within 3-5 days.