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Alden, James (31 March 1810–06 February 1877), naval officer, was born in Portland, Maine (then part of Massachusetts), the son of James Alden, a ship owner, and Elizabeth Tate. Nothing is known of his early life or education, and no information is available about his marriage or children, if any....

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Bridge, Horatio (08 April 1806–20 March 1893), naval officer and author, was born in Augusta, Maine, the son of James Bridge, a judge and financier, and Hannah North. He attended local schools in Augusta before entering Hallowell Academy and then Bowdoin College, from which he graduated in 1825. At Bowdoin, Bridge was a classmate of ...

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John B. Hattendorf and Patrick G. Williams

Collins, Napoleon (04 March 1814–09 August 1875), naval officer, was born in Fayette County, Pennsylvania. Little is recorded of his parents or youth. He never married. Appointed a midshipman in 1834, he served with the West Indies Squadron until September 1839. Completing his examinations at the Naval School at Philadelphia, Collins was promoted to passed midshipman in July 1840. He subsequently served aboard the sloop of war ...

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Colvocoresses, George Musalas (22 October 1816–03 June 1872), naval officer, was born on the Greek island of Chios, the son of Constantine Colvocoresses and Franka Grimaldi. In 1822 he was kidnapped by Turks, who massacred most of the Greek population of the island, and was taken to Smyrna. His father, who survived the slaughter, ransomed him with the assistance of relatives. Seeing little hope for the boy’s future in Greece, the elder Colvocoresses seized an opportunity through the Greek Relief Committee to put his son on board the U.S. brig ...

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Craven, Tunis Augustus MacDonough (11 January 1813–05 August 1864), naval officer, was born in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, the son of Tunis Craven, a merchant, navy purser, and storekeeper, and Hannah Tingey. After his father became a storekeeper at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, Craven attended grammar school at Columbia College in New York City. Craven’s maternal grandfather was Commodore ...

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Charles Henry Davis. Courtesy of the Library of Congress (LC-USZ62-104940).

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Davis, Charles Henry (16 January 1807–18 February 1877), naval officer and hydrographer, was born in Boston, Massachusetts, the son of Daniel Davis, solicitor general of Massachusetts, and Lois Freeman, the sister of James Freeman, the first Unitarian minister in New England. Davis entered Harvard College in 1821 but left two years later to become a midshipman and did not complete his degree until 1841. From 1824 to 1840 Davis served in the Mediterranean, the Baltic, the West Indies, the South Atlantic, and the Pacific; made warm friends, including ...

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Drayton, Percival (25 August 1812–04 August 1865), naval officer, was born in Charleston, South Carolina, the son of Ann Gadsden and William Drayton (1776–1846), a lawyer and, later, U.S. congressman and president of the Second Bank of the United States. Percival Drayton was heavily influenced by his father’s nationalistic and antinullification views, and like his father, he would eventually call Philadelphia home....

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Samuel Francis Du Pont. Courtesy of the Library of Congress (LC-USZ62-114880).

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Du Pont, Samuel Francis (27 September 1803–23 June 1865), naval officer, was born at “Goodstay,” Bergen Point (now Bayonne), New Jersey, the son of Victor Marie du Pont, an importer who had been consul of France in Charleston, and Gabrielle Joséphine de La Fite de Pelleport. He was the only grandson of Pierre Samuel du Pont de Nemours to spell his name with a capital ...

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Erben, Henry (06 September 1832–23 October 1909), sometimes spelled Erban, naval officer, was born in New York City, the son of Henry Erben, a renowned organ builder. His mother’s name is unknown. He was appointed to the Naval Academy in 1848 and, after several periods of absence, graduated in 1855. His early sea service proved unspectacular except for helping to transport camels from Egypt to Texas in 1856 for the War Department’s experiment with the use of that animal in the Southwest. He also served aboard the ...

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David G. Farragut. Courtesy of the Library of Congress (LC-B8172-1561).

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Farragut, David Glasgow (05 July 1801–14 August 1870), first admiral of the United States, was born James Glasgow Farragut at Campbell’s Station, a few miles southwest of Knoxville, Tennessee, the son of George Farragut, a ferryboat operator, and Elizabeth Shine. Appointed a sailing master in the U.S. Navy in 1807, the father moved his family to New Orleans where George became close friends with David Porter, Sr. When Porter became fatally ill, Elizabeth Farragut nursed him until she died of yellow fever on 22 June 1808. After helping George Farragut retire to a plantation on the Pascagoula River near Mississippi Sound, ...

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Foote, Andrew Hull (12 September 1806–26 June 1863), naval officer, was born in New Haven, Connecticut, the son of Samuel Augustus Foot, a merchant shipper, U.S. senator, and governor of Connecticut, and Eudocia Hull. Raised in a strict moral and religious environment and educated at schools in New Haven and Cheshire, Connecticut, and briefly at the U.S. Military Academy (1822), Foote (it is not known when he added the ...

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Gihon, Albert Leary (28 September 1833–17 November 1901), naval surgeon, was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the son of John Hancock Gihon, a physician, and Mary J. (maiden name unknown). He received his early education at the Central High School in Philadelphia and was the first student to graduate with an A.B. under its collegiate program. He graduated from the College of Medicine and Surgery in Philadelphia with an M.D. in 1852, at the age of nineteen. In 1854 Gihon was granted an A.M. by Princeton University....

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Howell, John Adams (16 March 1840–10 January 1918), naval officer and innovator of ordnance weapons systems, was born in Bath, New York, the son of William Howell and Frances Adelphia Adams. His parents’ occupations are unknown. He was appointed to the U.S. Naval Academy from the Twenty-eighth New York Congressional District in 1854 and graduated second in his class as a midshipman in 1858....

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Jeffers, William Nicholson (16 October 1824–23 July 1883), naval officer and author, was born in Swedesboro, New Jersey, the son of John Ellis Jeffers, a lawyer, and Ruth Westcott. William was early devoted to service in the U.S. Navy, probably influenced by his maternal uncles who were members of that service. At age fifteen he joined the navy as a midshipman aboard the USS ...

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Jouett, James Edward (07 February 1826–30 September 1902), naval officer, was born near Lexington, Kentucky, the son of Matthew Harris Jouett, a portrait painter, and Margaret Henderson Allen. He secured an appointment in the U.S. Navy as a midshipman at age fifteen and first saw action in 1843 in the “Berribee War” aboard the ...

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Lee, Samuel Phillips (13 February 1812–05 June 1897), naval officer, was born at Sully Plantation in Fairfax County, Virginia, the son of Francis Lightfoot Lee (1782–1850), lawyer and planter, and Jane Fitzgerald. He was the grandson of Richard Henry Lee and a cousin of ...

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Luce, Stephen Bleeker (25 March 1827–28 July 1917), rear admiral in the U.S. Navy, was born in Albany, New York, the son of Vinal Luce, a druggist, and Charlotte Bleeker. In 1835 Stephen’s family moved to Washington, D.C., where his father had obtained a position as a clerk in the Treasury Department....