Naval War College Review

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Presidents Forum


J.R. Stark


When the first spade of earth was turned in the early 1890's to mark the start of construction on Luce Hall, our first brand-new building, President Benjamin Harrison was in the White House, The cruiser USS New York had just set a new world's speed record of twenty-one knots,and Samuel Langleu had recently published a revolutionary paper entitled "Experiments in Aerodynamics," in which he discussed the possiblity of manned flight. The American frontier was still open for settlement, and the United States still thought of itself as a continental power, Contrast that if you will, with the situation today.