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Albert Smith Barker
Albert Smith Barker in 1900
Born (1845-03-31)March 31, 1845
Died January 30, 1916(1916-01-30) (aged 70)
Place of birth Hanson, Massachusetts
Place of death Washington, D.C.
Place of burial Arlington National Cemetery[1]
Allegiance United States
Service/branch United States Navy
Years of service 1859–1905
Rank Rear Admiral
Commands held USS Newark
C-in-C, North Atlantic Fleet
Battles/wars American Civil War
Spanish-American War

Albert Smith Barker (March 31, 1845 – January 30, 1916) was an admiral in the United States Navy who served during the American Civil War and the Spanish-American War.


Born in Hanson, Massachusetts, Barker graduated from the Naval Academy in 1862. He served in Mississippi, Monongahela and Niagara during the Civil War.

In July 1883, Albert Barker was commander of the USS Enterprise (1874) while on the East Coast of Africa at Zanzibar.

He wrote a report on the "Trade of Zanzibar" of imports and exports for the years 1882–83. The trade of the port principally being with the United States, England, Germany, and France. Many vessels from these countries were employed in this trade process with America, such as the British man-of-war HMS London stationed at Zanzibar as a store ship. During the Spanish-American War he commanded Newark and participated in the bombardment of Santiago on July 1, 1898. He was Commander-in-Chief of the North Atlantic Fleet from 1903 to 1905. Rear Admiral Barker died January 30, 1916, at Washington, D.C.


The destroyer USS Barker (DD-213) was named for him.



  • This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. The entry can be found here.
  • Reports from the Consul of the United States on the Commerce, Manufactures, Etc. of their consular districts. No. 31-July 1883. Published by the department of state, according to act of congress.

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