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William Wister McKean
Born (1800-09-19)September 19, 1800
Huntingdon County, Pennsylvania
Died April 22, 1865(1865-04-22) (aged 64)
Binghamton, New York
Allegiance United States United States
Service/branch Seal of the United States Department of the Navy.svg United States Navy
Years of service 1814–1862
Rank USN commodore rank insignia.jpg Commodore
Battles/wars War of 1812
American Civil War

William Wister McKean (19 September 1800 – 22 April 1865) was an admiral in the United States Navy during the American Civil War. He was noted for his service in the Union blockade that effectively closed Confederate seaports in the Gulf of Mexico.


Born in Pennsylvania, McKean was the grandson of Thomas McKean, the governor of that state.[1]

William Wister McKean was appointed midshipman on 30 November 1814. He served in the Navy from the War of 1812 to the Civil War, when he rose to the rank of flag officer in command of the Gulf Blockading Squadron and later the East Gulf Blockading Squadron. McKean was relieved from active duty on 4 June 1862.[2]

McKean died at Binghamton, New York.,[2] 22 April 1865.


Two ships were named USS McKean in his honor.[2]



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Ballymena Times

Ballymena Times
Thu, 14 Apr 2016 07:11:54 -0700

William McKean, who chaired the meeting for the election of officers, congratulated the Chamber on a very successful year and said it was great to see Chamber contributing so much to business life in the borough. The officers elected for 2016/17 were ...

Ballymena Times

Ballymena Times
Fri, 08 Apr 2016 23:05:42 -0700

The 12-handicapper's outward nine holes were played in five over gross, while his second nine hole score saw him edge out William McKean, who claimed the third prize. The 19-handicapper scored four pars on the front nine only to drop three shots at the ...

Press & Sun-Bulletin

Press & Sun-Bulletin
Wed, 18 Nov 2015 08:52:30 -0800

On April 22, 1865, only a few days after the end of the Civil War and Lincoln's assassination, Commodore William McKean died at the age of 64. He had enjoyed less than three years of a well-deserved rest. William McKean was buried in Spring Forest ...

Star Local Media

Star Local Media
Thu, 07 Jan 2016 19:02:49 -0800

CAST: Aubrey Moore, Nic Baker, Paige Romero, Brayden Raqueno, Luke Weber, Sophia Kaiafas, Preston Campbell, Preston Nimmo, Jack Romero, Landry Weber, William McKean, Sydney Copeland, Sarah Northcutt, Jaden Patterson, Kathleen Murray, ...
Law360 (subscription)
Fri, 23 Oct 2015 18:02:47 -0700

Law360, San Francisco (October 23, 2015, 8:56 PM ET) -- A former CFR Pharmaceuticals SA board member has agreed to pay $13.2 million to settle U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission allegations that he traded on insider information in Abbott ...

Irish America

Irish America
Wed, 01 Jul 2015 18:21:16 -0700

Thomas McKean (March 19, 1734 – June 24, 1817) was the son of William McKean from County Antrim (Aon Troim) who came to Pennsylvania via the city of Derry (Doire) as a child and later married Letitia Finney whose family had also emigrated from ...

Ballymena Times

Ballymena Times
Sat, 19 Mar 2016 02:00:00 -0700

With winter rules still being used, the scoring for qualifying for the matchplay stages of the Slemish Bowl was low, with the leading total being a nett 59 from William McKean (19). The fact that the scoring was stroke did not seem to cause a great ...


Tue, 15 Sep 2015 05:45:00 -0700

William McKean let everyone in Philadelphia know, on June 29, 1774, through The Pennsylvania Gazette newspaper that his "Negro wench, named Jude" had left him. McKean gave a description of Jude as being "about five foot some odd inches high, very ...

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