In 1895 Captain Wm. H. Jaques gave testimony (and I'm assuming in Washington, D. C., maybe before Congress) about the need to upgrade the US fleet.At this time the Head of the committee on Naval Affairs was Senator Wm. Eaton Chandler.
I think we can give Wm. Jaques' dates as abt 1847-Nov. 1916 and while the account of his accidental death was dated Nov 25, I'm not sure when the accident occurred.