The U.S. Naval Academy Museum’s galleries in Preble Hall are replete with the biggest names in U.S. naval history—James Lawrence, David G. Farragut, Chester W. Nimitz—and, for a limited time, the lesser-known but fascinating Philo N. McGiffin. He is the subject of the museum’s temporary exhibit, “Philo McGiffin: A Man of Wit and Dash.” Bringing artifacts from the museum’s collections together with those of the Washington County (Pennsylvania) Historical Society, the small, two-room exhibit provides a glimpse into the tumultuous world of a man whose humor and tenacity made him the stuff of legend.
Philo McGiffin: A Man of Wit and Dash
By Jonathan Hoppe