1837-1917; U.S. admiral in the Spanish-American War.
1859-1952; U.S. philosopher & educator: exponent of pragmatism.
(born Melville Louis Kossuth Dewey) 1851-1931; U.S. librarian & educator: originator of a system (Dewey Decimal System) for book classification in libraries, using three-digit numbers, further extended beyond a decimal point for subclasses.
A male given name derived from the surname, popular in the U.S. in the 1890s.
Origin of dewey
Possibly from a place name in Northern France, Douai. Welsh origin from Dewi (David) has also been suggested.
Dewey Sentence Examples
On the 1st of May an American fleet under Commodore George Dewey destroyed the Spanish fleet stationed in Manila Bay.
Congress, in a joint resolution, tendered its thanks to Commodore Dewey, and to the officers and men under his command, and authorized "the secretary of the navy to present a sword of honor to Commodore George Dewey, and cause to be struck bronze medals commemorating the battle of Manila Bay, and to distribute such medals to the officers and men of the ships of the Asiatic squadron of the United States."
After remaining in the Philippines under orders from his government to maintain control, Dewey received the rank of admiral (March 3, 1899) - that title, formerly borne only by Farragut and Porter, having been revived by act of Congress (March 2, 1899), - and returned home, arriving in New York City, where, on the 3rd of October 1899, he received a great ovation.
Dewey Hall (1902), the administration building, was named in honour of Admiral George Dewey, a former student in the university.