The fame of the Admiral not a sudden flame that will soon fade, but the legitimate product of scientific attainment and consistent life-
His early years at a celebrated military school preparatory to his appointment to the Annapolis Academy,
Where each year his rank as a cadet improved until he was one of the stars of his class-
His service with Farragut and Porter on the Mississippi and the Atlantic preparatory to the supreme trial and triumph at Manila.
A study of the incidents of the life and the forces that formed the character of Admiral Dewey is convincing that the achievement that in a day made him a celebrity throughout the world was in no sense accidental, but the logic of his education in the schools and the teaching of his experience.
He is not a prodigy but the result of a manliness that was hereditary, and the product of many years of preparation.
He was a pupil in the town where he was born, and the Johnston, Vt., Academy.
It is common knowledge that he graduated with honors at the Annapolis Naval Academy, but not of universal report that he had the earlier advantage of three years at a military school remarkable for the number of military and naval officers prepared in it for important service to the country.
He entered the Norwich University in 1851, and remained until 1854, when appointed as cadet to the United States Naval Academy, which he entered September 23, 1854, and graduated in 1858.
He was 14 years of age when first a pupil at Norwich, and 21 when he finally graduated at Annapolis, after two years at school afloat.
His school record has the peculiarity of constant improvement.
His military instruction at Norwich was excellent as an introduction to the Naval Academy.
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