Rear Adm James Alden was born 31 March 1810 in Portland, Cumberland County, Maine, United States to James Alden (1775-1853) and Elizabeth Tate (1771-1824) and died 6 February 1877 San Francisco, San Francisco County, California, United States of unspecified causes. He married Sarah Ann Thompson (1815-1871) 1838 .
James Alden, Jr. (March 31, 1810 – February 6, 1877) was a rear admiral in the United States Navy. In the Mexican-American War he participated in the captures of Veracruz, Tuxpan and Tabasco. Fighting on the Union side in the Civil War, he took part in the relief of Fort Pickens, followed by many engagements on the Lower Mississippi, before being promoted Captain of USS Brooklyn and assisting in the Union victory in the Battle of Mobile Bay.
The U.S. Navy destroyer USS Alden was named for him.