Alfred Thayer Mahan
Historical Figure
Nationality: United States
Date of Birth: 1840
Date of Death: 1914
Cause of Death: Heart attack
Religion: Episcopalianism
Occupation: Author of Non-Fiction, Educator, Navy Officer
Military Branch: United States Navy (American Civil War, Spanish-American War)
Fictional Appearances:
Southern Victory
POD: September 10, 1862
Appearance(s): Walk in Hell
Type of Appearance: Posthumous reference
Cause of Death: Unrevealed
Occupation: Politician
Political Party: Democratic Party
Political Office(s): President of the United States

Alfred Thayer Mahan (September 27, 1840 – December 1, 1914) was a United States Navy flag officer, geostrategist, and educator. His ideas on the importance of sea power influenced navies around the world, and helped prompt naval buildups before World War I.

Alfred Thayer Mahan in Southern Victory[]

Alfred Thayer Mahan was a U.S. Naval officer, author, educator, and a President of the United States, serving from 1889 to 1897.[1] Mahan's place in the pantheon of "great U.S. presidents" was assured when he forced the Confederate States to abandon their proposal to build a canal across Nicaragua.[2] After serving two terms, Mahan was succeeded as President by Thomas Brackett Reed.

Mahan was credited with the observation that the main problem with republics is that "over time, the voters are apt to get tired of paying for what their country needs to defend itself."[3]

A room in Powel House was named the Mahan Bedroom. Fort Mahan, Ohio was named for the great President as well.

Literary Comment[]

The Mahan Bedroom is an analog of the Lincoln Bedroom in the White House of OTL.

See also[]


  1. The dates aren't stated, but have been tentatively identified by process of elimination.
  2. Walk in Hell pg. 550. The fact that Sam Carsten (b. 1891) was a "short-pants kid" who didn't remember this event gives a narrow window for Mahan's presidency.
  3. Blood and Iron, pg. 163.
Political offices
(Southern Victory)
Preceded by
Unknown; last known was James G. Blaine
President of the United States
(dates estimated)
Succeeded by
Thomas Reed (presumed)
Party political offices
(Southern Victory)
Preceded by
Unknown; last known was Samuel J. Tilden
Democratic Party presidential candidate
1888, 1892 (won both, dates presumed)
Succeeded by
Thomas Reed (presumed)