Lewis Compton

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Harris & Ewing photo, circa 1940)

Lewis Compton (7 November 1892 – 24 October 1942) was an officer in the United States Navy during World War I.


Born in Perth Amboy, New Jersey, Compton enrolled in the United States Naval Reserve 22 March 1917. After active duty in World War I, he continued to take part in training until resigning from the Reserve 1 July 1932.

After a career of public service in New Jersey, he became special assistant to the Assistant Secretary of the Navy. He himself was Assistant Secretary of the Navy from 9 February 1940 to 13 February 1941.

He died in New York 24 October 1942.

USS Compton (DD-705) was named for him.


This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships.
Government offices
Preceded by
Charles Edison
Assistant Secretary of the Navy
February 9, 1940 – February 13, 1941
Succeeded by
Ralph Austin Bard