Admiral

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ADMIRAL, officer. In some countries is the commander in chief of the naval forces. This office does not exist in the United States.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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A country that's now thoroughly obsessed with weapons has forgotten that an essential component of success in war is generalship (and admiralship).
Hagerott, "Commanding Men and Machines: Admiralship, Technology, and Ideology in the 20th Century U.S.
It's got a little bit of a dubious past inasmuch as this arose when the governor left town--Governor Charles Bryan left the state for awhile and left in charge his lieutenant governor Theodore Metcalfe who issued 20 to 25 admiralships to prominent Nebraskans, otherwise described as his cronies.