Richard Alsop - Immigrant
In Chapter XII, Volume I of Alsop's Tables, the author describes the family of "Richard Alsop - Immigrant". Richard and his descendants became prominent merchants, educators and civic leaders in Long Island, NY and nearby Connecticut.
Among his descendants were two of the best known political journalists of the 20th century; brothers Joseph and Stewart Alsop. The first and third children of Joseph Wright Alsop, IV and Corrine Roosevelt Douglas Robinson, the boys were born in Hartford County, CT; Joseph Wright Alsop, V on 11 Oct 1910, and Stewart Johnnot Oliver Alsop on 17 May 1914. Both boys and their younger brother John de Koven Alsop (4 Aug 1915 -6 Apr 2000) attended Groton Prep School, with Joseph going on to Harvard, and Stewart and John attending Yale.
All three men saw service in World War II. Joseph left his job as reporter for the New York Herald Tribune to join the Navy in 1940. Dissatisfied with his 'do nothing' assignment, he resigned in 1941 and joined General Chennault in China. He was later commissioned a Captain in the 14th Army Air Force where he served until the end of the war.
Stewart was rejected for service due to asthma and high blood pressure. He joined the British Army in 1942, attaining the rank of Captain, Kings Royal Rifle Corps by 1944. Later that year he joined the O.S.S (now CIA) and entered France by parachute to assist the French underground.
John served as Captain in the O.S.S in occupied France and occupied China.
|Joseph and Stewart began writing a syndicated column 'Matter of Fact' for the Herald Tribune in 1946. Stewart joined the staff of the Saturday Evening Post in 1958, and became a political columnist for Newsweek ten years later. Joseph married Mrs. Susan Mary Jay Patten in 1961. Stewart met Patricia Hankey in England. They married on 20 June 1944, and had five sons and one daughter between 1945 and 1966, Joseph Wright, VI, Ian, Elizabeth, Stewart, Nicky, and Andrew.|
Elizabeth Alsop Winthrop writes of her heritage, growing up in a writing family, "Yes, my father was a journalist, Stewart Alsop. He wrote a syndicated column with my uncle Joseph Alsop for the Herald Tribune. In their prime in the 50's they had a readership of 25 million. In the days before television. But the writing goes back farther than that. My great grandmother, Corrine Douglas Robinson was a poet. And her brother, my great great uncle, Theodore Roosevelt, wrote thirty-eight books. Of course, he was also the president of the United States, but it's the writing I like to focus on."
|Elizabeth is also a published author. She grew up in Washington, D.C. surrounded by the friends and acquaintances of her parents, including members of the media and government officials. She graduated from Sarah Lawrence College where she studied writing. Her first book BUNK BEDS, was published in 1972. Many of her books grew out of the memories, sayings and feelings of her two children, Eliza and Andrew. Her books for children of all ages - over forty published - have won awards of all kinds, and some have been translated into many languages. She has also written a number of novels for adult readers.|
Owners of Volume I of Alsop's Tables are encouraged to read Chapter XII for more about this outstanding family. Internet users can learn more about Elizabeth's books and her life by visiting her web site at http://www.elizabethwinthrop.com/theauthor.html. Pictures included are from the web site and reproduced here with her kind permission.
Another outstanding member of this family made his mark on U.S. history.
John Alsop, Jr., Richard's grandson, and his wife Mary Frogat had one child - Mary (1769 - 1819). Mary Alsop married Rufus King in 1786. Rufus was a prominent political force, serving as delegate to the Constitutional Convention, Senator from New York, and Ambassador to Great Britain. Their two sons were John Alsop King, (1788 - 1862) who served as Governor of New York from 1857 to 1858, and Charles Henry (1789 - 1867) who became President of Kings College - later Columbia University.
Charles Henry King married Eliza Gracie (daughter of Archibald Gracie and Esther Rogers) on 12 Mar 1818 in New York. Their daughter, Eliza Gracie King, married Charles Henry Halsey of Newark, NJ on 18 Sep 1838, and had six children. One of their sons was William Frederick Halsey, who graduated from the Naval academy and reached the rank of Captain. He and Ann Masters Brewster had a son, William F. Halsey, Jr. on 30 Oct 1882 in Elizabeth, NJ.
His father's career meant moving the family often in those days, and young William attended Swarthmore Grammar School, the University of Virginia and, finally the U.S. Naval Academy in 1900. An average student, he played football two years and emerged as a midshipman in 1904. Following a series of shipboard assignments and duty as assistant football coach at Annapolis, he was made Ensign on February 2, 1906. After circling the globe with President Theodore Roosevelt's "Great White Fleet' he was promoted to Lieutenant on February 2, 1909. He married Frances Cooke Grandy of Norfolk on December 1, 1909.
After advancing to Lieutenant Commander (August 29, 1916), he commanded Destroyers on patrol duty from Ireland during World War I. Following the war he served as Commanding Officer of more Destroyers and as Naval Attaché at several embassies in Europe. He was promoted to Commander on February 1, 1918, and Captain on February 10, 1927. He studied at the Naval War College at Newport and the Army War College and commanded the Recruit Training School at Norfolk, VA.
|In 1934, Halsey won his wings as a pilot at Pensacola, FL and switched from commanding Destroyers to Commander of the Saratoga, one of the earliest Aircraft Carriers. After heading the Naval Air Station at Pensacola, he was made Rear Admiral - March 1, 1938, and commander of Carrier Division Two in June of that year. Later made commander of Carrier Division One in the Pacific, Halsey was a student of naval aviation combat. Promoted to Vice Admiral June 13, 1940, Halsey commanded all carrier forces in the Pacific. He was with his group on a mission to relieve Wake Island when Pearl Harbor was attacked on December 7, 1941. He commanded the first strike against the Japanese, an air attack on the Marshall and Gilbert Islands, early in 1942. He received the Distinguished Service Medal for the mission. His ships also delivered General Jimmie Doolittle's bombers for the first bombing raid on Japan on April 18, 1942.|
Halsey's success in supporting the Guadalcanal offensive earned him the rank of Admiral on November 18, 1942. In June 1944 Halsey was named commander of the Third Fleet. His ships began clearing the way for the invasion of the Philippines in September with an attack on Mindanao, his aircraft flying 2400 sorties in two days. Early in October 1944, Halsey's fleet and Admiral Thomas C. Kincaid's Seventh Fleet engaged the Japanese navy in a series of battles during General Douglas Macarthur's invasion at Leyte Gulf. They sank or damaged 60 Japanese ships in the fighting, ending the Japanese navy's influence in the war. By March 1945 he was attacking the Japanese homeland. He was pressing those attacks when the Japanese surrendered on August 14, 1945.
The Japanese surrender was formally accepted on board his flagship, the MISSOURI, on September 1. He returned home to receive his fifth star and the rank of Fleet Admiral on December 11, 1945. Halsey also got a Gold Star in lieu of a fourth Distinguished Service Medal. He retired from the Navy on April 1, 1947.
This man was possibly the most colorful, outspoken and combative commander produced by the Navy during World War II. "Bull" Halsey, a name he never liked, despised his nation's enemies and never avoided a fight. These characteristics, along with an informality and high regard for his subordinates, helped establish Admiral Halsey as an American naval hero during World War II. He was fifth cousin to Joseph and Stewart Alsop who were discussed above. Halsey died at Fisher's Island, New York, on August 16, 1959, and was buried in Arlington.
Army Distinguished Service Medal
Presidential Unit Citation
Mexican Service Medal
Victory Medal, Destroyer Clasp
Philippine Liberation Medal
|Distinguished Service Medal with three gold stars
American Defense Service Medal with Fleet Clasp
Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal
World War II Victory Medal
National Defense Service Medal