United States Admiral, Commander-in-Chief, Asiatic Fleet.
William was born August 1, 1846 in Farmington, Hartford, Connecticut, the son of Thomas Cowles and Elizabeth Sheffield He passed away about 1923. and is buried in Riverside Cemetery, Farmington, Hartford County, Connecticut, USA.
Bamie Roosevelt fell in love with U.S. naval attaché, Lt. Cmdr. William Sheffield Cowles. They wed in London in November 1895. Two years later, they returned to the United States to live. In October 1898, Bye gave birth to the Cowles’ only child, named for his father but known as Sheffield. Sheffield was previously married to Mary Pleasant Thurman Holliday.
Cowles commanded the gunboat, Topeka during the Spanish–American War, and served as naval aide to President McKinley. He was in command of the battleship Missouri when it collided with the Illinois, and when thirty-three men were killed in an explosion (he was cleared of responsibility in both cases). He served as the Commander-in-Chief, Asiatic Fleet, and retired from the Navy in August 1908 after 45 years in service.
When Theodore Roosevelt left the presidency and Will Cowles retired from the Navy, the Cowles family moved to Oldgate, their home in Connecticut. Sheffield graduated from Yale University and married Margaret A. Krech in 1921.
Bye was beset by an increasing deafness, devastating arthritis, the failure of her eyesight, and continued backaches. Will’s health declined as well, and he died in 1923. After her husband's death, Bye remained at the center of a large circle of family and friends. She died at Oldgate, on August 25, 1931.
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