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Pearson, George Frederick 1796-1867 Naval officer; born in Exeter, N. H., Feb. 6; 1796; entered the navy as midshipman. March 11, 1815, and rose to captain in 1855. While he was at Constantinople, in 1837, the Sultan offered to give him command of the Turkish navy, with the rank of admiral, and the salary of $10,000 a year. It was declined. He effectually cleared the Gulf of Mexico of pirates. In 1865-66 he was in command of the Pacific squadron. Retired in 1861; promoted commodore in 1862, and rear-admiral in 1866 on the retired list. He died in Portsmouth, N. H., June 30, 1867.