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Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing),
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Kearny, Lawrence 1789-1868 Naval officer; born in Perth Amboy, N. J., Nov. 30, 1789; entered the navy in 1807; performed important services on the coast of South Carolina and adjoining States during the War of 1812-15; and after the war, in command of the schooner Enterprise, assisted with efficiency in ridding the West Indies and Gulf of Mexico of pirates. He also, in the Warren, drove the Greek pirates from the Levant in 1827, and broke up their nests. In command of the East India squadron in 1851, he secured from the Chinese authorities the recognition of the right of Americans to trade there, and the same protection and facilities to our merchants as were about being granted by treaty to Great Britain. He died in Perth Amboy, Nov. 29, 1868.