Database of Officers of the Line

Digital Humanities, Naval History
Becoming an officer of the line in the navy is a bit like getting on the tenure track in academia. Not all officers are created equal--officers such as pursers, sailing masters, and chaplains were classified as officers and received the preferential treatment given to officers. But they could never be captains--they were not in line for those sorts of promotions. Data The Naval Historical Center has made lists available of the officers of the navy and Marine Corps from 1775 to 1900. This list is very useful, but it's not in a format that makes it easy to see the data in the aggregate. It includes both warrant officers (non-tenure-track) and line officers (tenure-track). I wanted to look at the promotion trends of line officers from the early republic. There…
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