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Born in Portsmouth, Va., 31 January 1864, Washinton Lee Capps graduated from the U. S. Naval Academy in 1884. He studied naval architecture at the University of Glasgow and in 1888 was appointed Assistant Naval Constructor. He served on the staff of Admiral George Dewey during the Battle of Manila Bay, and later became Chief of Construction and Repair. During World War 1, he was senior member of the Navy Compensation Board and General Manager of the U. S. Shipping Board Emergency Fleet Corporation. He retired 31 January 1928 and died in Washington D. C., 31 May 1935.