Thomas Snowden

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Thomas Snowden, (August 12, 1857 - January 27, 1930) was a career officer in the United States Navy. He attained the rank of rear admiral, and received the Navy Cross for his service in World War I.

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Snowden was born in Peekskill, New York. He was appointed a Cadet Midshipman on June 25, 1875, and graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1879.

Peekskill, New York City in New York, United States

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A midshipman is an officer of the junior-most rank, in the Royal Navy, United States Navy, and many Commonwealth navies. Commonwealth countries which use the rank include Canada, Australia, Bangladesh, Namibia, New Zealand, South Africa, India, Pakistan, Singapore, Sri Lanka, and Kenya.

He served in USS Vandalia (1876), USS Standish (1864), USS Monongahela (1862), USS Dolphin (PG-24), and USS Constellation (1854). Snowden was assigned to the Hydrographic Office, U.S. Naval Observatory, U.S. Naval Academy, Naval War College, and the Office of Naval Intelligence. From 1902 to 1905, he served as navigator of USS Illinois (BB-7) and then returned to Naval Intelligence before joining the Bureau of Equipment.

USS <i>Vandalia</i> (1876)

The second USS Vandalia was a screw sloop-of-war in the United States Navy. She was laid down at the Massachusetts Boston Navy Yard in 1872 and was commissioned there on 10 January 1876.

USS <i>Standish</i> (1864)

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USS <i>Monongahela</i> (1862)

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Awarded the Navy Cross

Snowden returned to sea in 1908 and commanded USS Mayflower (PY-1), USS South Carolina (BB-26), and USS Wyoming (BM-10). He was promoted to rear admiral in 1917 and, during World War I, served as Commander, Squadron 1 and Division 2, Battleship Force, Atlantic Fleet. Admiral Snowden was awarded the Navy Cross for his service in World War I.

USS <i>Mayflower</i> (PY-1)

USS Mayflower (PY-1) was the second ship in the United States Navy to have that name. Mayflower—a luxurious steam yacht built in 1896 by J. and G. Thompson, Clydebank, Scotland for millionaire Ogden Goelet who died on board the Mayflower in August 1897. Her sister ship, said to be almost identical and built at the same time and in the same yard for brother, Robert Goelet, later became USS Nahma (SP-771).

USS <i>South Carolina</i> (BB-26)

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USS <i>Wyoming</i> (BM-10)

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Assigned as Military Governor

After serving with the Atlantic Fleet until 1919, Snowden was assigned duty as the Military Governor of Santo Domingo with additional duty as Military Representative of the United States in Haiti. During his tenure, Snowden signed Executive Order 372 related to the immigration of braceros into the DR. This law regulated the flow of foreign seasonal workers, emphasizing that all braceros who were not Caucasians (arguably none of them were) could only come into the DR through specific border crosses established by the Secretary of State for Agriculture and Immigration.  The law also established fines of between 10 and 100 US Dollars, as well as the possibility of imprisonment and deportation (Ricourt, 2016, Vásquez Frías, 2013).

Haiti country in the Caribbean

Haiti, officially the Republic of Haiti and formerly called Hayti, is a country located on the island of Hispaniola, east of Cuba in the Greater Antilles archipelago of the Caribbean Sea. It occupies the western three-eighths of the island, which it shares with the Dominican Republic. Haiti is 27,750 square kilometers (10,714 sq mi) in size and has an estimated 10.8 million people, making it the most populous country in the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and the second-most populous country in the Caribbean as a whole.


Snowden was transferred to the Retired List on August 12, 1921 and died on January 27, 1930. He was buried at Arlington National Cemetery, Section 2, Site: 1127.

Arlington National Cemetery Military cemetery in the United States

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This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships .

Ricourt, Milagros, 2016 The Dominican Racial Imaginary: Surveying The Landscape of Race and Nation in Hispaniola Rutgers University Press, New Jersey, USA.

Vásquez Frías, Pastor, 2013 ¡Éxodo! Un siglo de migración Haitiana hacia República Dominicana, Editorial Santuario, Santo Domingo, República Dominicana.