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Foundation
1884
May 3            
At suggestion of Commodore Stephen Luce, Secretary of the Navy W.E. Chandler appoints a board of three officers to report on the subject of postgraduate education for officers.
1884
June 13
Board headed by Luce recommends establishment of a war college.
1884
October 6
Navy Department General Order No. #325 establishes a Naval War College at Newport with Luce as "Superintendent."
1885
September 4
First course begins with 9 students. Ends September 30.
1886
June 22
Luce detached for sea duty without relief.
1886 
August 26 
Captain A.T. Mahan reports and assumes NWC presidency.
1886 
September 6
Course begins with 21 students. Ends November 20.
William McCarty-Little introduces first lecture on war gaming.
1888
August 6
Course begins with 12 students. Ends November 5.
1889 
January 11
Navy Department orders consolidation of College with Torpedo Station.  Mahan detached on temporary duty.  Commander Caspar Goodrich assumes NWC presidency.
1889
August 5
Course begins with 12 students.  Ends October 25.