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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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The Courier
Sat, 06 Feb 2016 03:22:24 -0800

William McKean, 62, of Kirktoun Gardens, Ballingry, admitted that on September 22 last year on the B920 main road in Glencraig he drove dangerously, lost control of his vehicle, entered the opposing carriageway and collided with a public service ...

Star Local Media

Star Local Media
Thu, 07 Jan 2016 19:00:00 -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 ...


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 ...

Wicked Local Ipswich

Wicked Local Ipswich
Sun, 15 Mar 2015 19:48:45 -0700

On March 5, 1779, William McKean, Thomas Dodge, and others had petitioned the Massachusetts Grand Lodge praying liberty to hold a Lodge in Ipswich. The petition having been granted, Unity Lodge was established with William McKean as its master and ...

Ballymena Times

Ballymena Times
Sun, 19 Jul 2015 02:56:15 -0700

The Thursday competition was for senior players, aged 55 and over, and the winner was William McKean, a recent new member and a new council member. The 19-handicapper returned 42 stableford points, of which 25 came from the outward nine holes.

Ballymena Times

Ballymena Times
Sun, 12 Apr 2015 00:52:30 -0700

B Andrews, William Mckean and Paul Creevy preapre to tee off at Ballymena Golf Club. INBT13-262AC. 08:57 Sunday 12 April 2015. The first stroke competition of the year - sponsored by Walter Young Mazda - was played recently at Ballymena Golf Club.

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