Naval War College Review

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President’s Forum


R.A. Route


This is the fiftieth time that command of the Naval War College has been passed from one officer to another. The first occurred in August 1886, when Captain Alfred Thayer Mahan assumed the presidency fol- lowing Commodore Stephen B. Luce’s highly successful tour as the College’s founding President. It is fascinating to wonder what may have been on Mahan’s mind as he arrived on horseback in front of Founder’s Hall to begin his first day as President.