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David F. Sellers

David F. Sellers
Born(1874-02-04)February 4, 1874
Austin, Texas
DiedJanuary 27, 1949(1949-01-27) (aged 74)
Bethesda, Maryland
AllegianceUnited States United States of America
Service/branchSeal of the United States Department of the Navy.svg United States Navy
Years of service1894–1938
RankUS-O10 insignia.svg Admiral
Commands heldUSS Wisconsin (BB-9)
USS Maryland (BB-46)
U.S. Navy Judge Advocate General
United States Fleet
U.S. Naval Academy
Battles/warsSpanish–American War
World War I
Banana Wars
AwardsNavy Cross
Navy Distinguished Service Medal

David F. Sellers (February 4, 1874 – January 27, 1949) was an Admiral in the United States Navy. He was the first person from New Mexico to graduate from the United States Naval Academy.[1]


Admiral Sellers (left) in the control cabin of the airship USS Macon alongside the ship's commanding officer, Commander Alger H. Dresel.

David Foote Sellers was a native of Austin, Texas. He joined the United States Navy in 1890 and was appointed to the U.S. Naval Academy from New Mexico.[2] Sellers graduated in 1894, the first from New Mexico to graduate from the Academy, standing fifth in his class of 47. After his mandatory two-year cruise aboard the New York, he returned to take his final exams, passed with honors, and finished second in his class overall.[1] After graduation, he served in various sea assignments until 1898, including service on the Massachusetts, Essex, Alliance, Independence and Philadelphia. During the Spanish–American War he participated in the Samoan Campaign and the Philippine–American War while serving aboard the New York. From 1904 until 1907 he commanded the Stewart. Following his destroyer service he was assigned shore duty at the Bureau of Navigation, was a Naval Aide to the White House and then served on the staff of the Commander-In-Chief, United States Asiatic Fleet, Rear Admiral William S. Cowles.

During 1914 until 1915 Sellers served as Executive Officer of the battleship Arkansas then commanded the cruisers Birmingham and Salem and the battleship Wisconsin in 1917. From 1918 through the end of First World War, he commanded the transport Agamemnon. Sellers was awarded the Navy Cross for his service during that war.[2] Following the war, he served as Naval Aide to Secretary of the Navy Edwin C. Denby. He commanded the battleship Maryland from 1922 until 1923.

Sellers was promoted to Rear Admiral in 1927 and served as Commander, Special Service Squadron during the Nicaraguan Uprising. Following his service with the squadron he served as Judge Advocate General of the Navy from 1929 until 1931. Then Commander, Battleship Division One from 1931–1932. In 1932 he was promoted to Vice Admiral and was assigned as Commander, Battleships Battle Force, United States Fleet. He was promoted to Admiral on June 10, 1933 and assigned as Commander-in-Chief United States Fleet and continued to serve until June 18, 1934. In 1934 he was reassigned as Superintendent of the U.S. Naval Academy and served in this capacity until his retirement.

He retired March 1, 1938. He died in 1949.

Personal life

In 1905, he married Anita Clay Evans (1881 - 1954), the daughter of Henry Clay Evans.[3]


  • USS Sellers, a guided missile destroyer, was named in his honor.

See also

References/ Links

  1. ^ a b "David Foote Sellers". Santa Fe Daily New Mexican. Santa Fe, NM. June 3, 1896. p. 4. Retrieved 15 August 2016.
  2. ^ a b "Sellers". Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. Navy Department, Naval History and Heritage Command. Retrieved 2016-08-15.
  3. ^ "Dress Navy Uniforms Make Pretty Wedding". The Washington Times. Washington, DC. November 1, 1905. p. 6. Retrieved 15 August 2016.
Academic offices
Preceded by
Thomas C. Hart
Superintendent of United States Naval Academy
Succeeded by
Wilson Brown
Military offices
Preceded by
Richard H. Leigh
Commander in Chief, United States Fleet
June 10, 1933 – June 18, 1934
Succeeded by
Joseph M. Reeves