George Dewey (December 26, 1837 -January 16, 1917) was an admiral of the United States Navy, best known for his victory (without the loss of a single life of his own forces due to combat; one man died of heat stroke) at the Battle of Manila Bay, off the coast of the Philippinecapital during the Spanish-American War of 1898. He was also the only person in the history of the United States to have attained the rank of Admiral of the Navy, the most senior rank in the United States Navy.
Prior to the Spanish-American War, Dewey had been a life-long sailor, serving during the American Civil War. After the Spanish-American War, briefly Dewey became a possible candidate for the Democratic Party's nominee for President. However, his campaign ground to a halt after he made certain comments that left many believing he did not understand the magnitude of the office. After that, he withdrew from the race and supported Republican incumbent William McKinley, who would go on to win re-election over Democrat William Jennings Bryan.