Farragut, David Glasgow
- Lawrence L. Hewitt
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, ...