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Truxtun, Thomaslocked

(17 February 1755–05 May 1822)
  • Samuel Willard Crompton

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Truxtun, Thomas (17 February 1755–05 May 1822), naval officer and author, was born near Hempstead, Long Island, the son of Thomas Truxtun, a barrister, and Sarah Axtell. His father, an Englishman who had come to Long Island from Jamaica, practiced law in New York City. Truxtun’s mother died when he was six years old. His father wrote a will, left his son to the care of John Troup, and departed from Long Island; he died when Truxtun was ten years old. In the meantime, Truxtun attended school for two years before he went to sea at the age of twelve aboard the merchant ship ...

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