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Eward David Taussig

(1847 – 1921), b. St. Louis, MO, of Bohemian parents - A decorated Rear Admiral in the United States Navy. He is best remembered for being the officer to claim Wake Island after the Spanish-American War, as well as accepting the physical relinquishment of Guam by its indigenous governor following the Treaty of Paris in which Spain ceded Guam to the US following nearly 300 years of colonial rule.