ALFRED THAYER MAHAN
...Alfred Thayer Mahan Mahan, Alfred Thayer (1840-1914), naval officer, and world-renowned theorist on history and strategy, was born at West Point, New York. Born to Mary Okill and Dennis Hart Mahan, the latter a professor of civil and military engineering at West Point, he wrote some of the most influential works on history and strategy ever produced. He attended Columbia for two years where he was a member of the Philolexian Society debating club and then, against his parents wishes, transferred to the Naval Academy, where he graduated second in his class in 1859.
Commissioned as a Lieutenant in 1861, Mahan served the Union in the American Civil War as an...