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Farragut, David Glasgow -1870 Naval officer; born near Knoxville, Tenn., July 5, 1801; son of George Farragut, who was a native of Minorca; came to America in 1776; entered the Continental army; was a bugler, it is supposed, at the age of seventeen, in the battle of the Cowpens; attained the rank of major; settled in Tennessee; and was master in the United States navy, serving under Patterson in the defence of New Orleans. David entered the navy as midshipman when between nine and ten ye
In 1863 he co-operated in the capture of Port Hudson, and in August, 1864, defeated the Confederate forces in Mobile Bay.
His exploits in the Gulf region gave him great fame, and in December, 1864, he received the thanks
The Hartford, Farragut's flag-ship. of Congress, and the rank of vice-admiral was created expressly for him. In July, 1866, he was promoted to admiral.
He visited Europe in 1867-68, and was received with the highest honors.
He died in Portsmouth, N. H., Aug. 14, 1