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Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing),
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Fairfax, Donald McNeill 1822-1894 Naval officer; born in Virginia, Aug. 10, 1822; joined the navy in 1837; and served with the Pacific fleet during the war with Mexico. In 1862-63 he was with Farragut; was then given command successively of the Nantucket and the Montauk, with which he took part in a number of attacks upon the defences of Charleston Harbor; and in 1864-65 was superintendent of the Naval Academy. He was promoted rear-admiral in July, 1880; retired in 1881. He died in Hagerstown, Md., Jan. 11, 1894.