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Fox, Gustavus Vasa (13 June 1821–29 October 1883), naval officer, assistant secretary of the navy, and business executive, was born in Saugus, Massachusetts, the son of Jesse Fox, a physician, inventor, and manufacturer, and Olivia Flint. Growing up in Lowell, Fox developed an “unconquerable desire” (Jesse Fox to ...

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Shufeldt, Robert Wilson (21 February 1822–07 November 1895), naval officer and diplomat, was born in Red Hook, New York, the son of George Adam Shufeldt, a lawyer, and Mary Howey Wilson. He attended Middlebury College in Vermont from 1837 to 1839 but before graduating, joined the navy. After cruises in the Home Squadron (1839–1840) and the Brazil Squadron (1840–1843), he graduated as a midshipman from the Naval School, Philadelphia, in June 1845. Service followed with the Coast Survey (1845–1846, 1849) and the West African Squadron (1846–1848). In 1848 he married Sarah Hutchins Abercrombie; the couple had three sons who survived infancy (three children did not). After placement during 1850–1851 as acting lieutenant aboard ...