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Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Chauncey, Isaac (search)
Chauncey, Isaac Naval officer; born Isaac Chauncey. in Black Rock, Conn., Feb: 20, 1772; in early life was in the merchant service, Chauncey's monument. and commanded a ship at the age of nineteen years. He made several voyages to the East Indies in the ships of John Jacob Astor. In 1798 he was made a lieutenant of the navy, and was acting captain of the Chesapeake in 1802. He became master in May, 1804, and captain in 1806. During the War of 1812-15 he was in command of the American naval force on Lake Ontario, where he performed efficient service. After that war he commanded the Mediterranean squadron, and, with Consul Shaler, negotiated a treaty with Algiers. In 1820 he was naval commissioner in Washington, D. C., and again from 1833 until his death, in that city, Jan. 27, 1840. Commodore Chauncey's remains were interred in the Congressional Cemetery in Washington, and at the head of his grave stands a fine white-marble monument, suitably inscribed.
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Douglass, Frederick, 1817- (search)
Douglass, Frederick, 1817- Diplomatist; born in Tuckahoe, Talbot co., Md., in Feb ruary, 1817; was a mulatto, the son of a slave mother; lived in Baltimore after he was ten years of age, and secretly taught himself to read and write. Endowed with great natural moral and intellectual ability, he fled from slavery at the age of twenty-one years, and, going to New Bedford, married, and supported himself by day-labor on the wharves and in work shops. In 1841 he spoke at an anti-slaver convention at Nantucket, and soon after wards was made the agent of the Massachusetts Anti-slavery Society. He lectured extensively in New England, and, going to Great Britain, spoke in nearly all the large towns in that country on the subject of slavery. On his return, in 1847, he began the publication, at Rochester, N. Y., of the North Star (afterwards Frederick Douglass's paper). In 1870 he Frederick Douglass. became editor of the National era at Washington City; in 1871 was appointed assistan
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Fulton, Robert 1765-1815 (search)
s the greater and more beneficial invention, as he believed it would establish the liberty of the seas. The government, in 1810, appropriated $5,000 to enable him to try further experiments with his torpedo; but a commission decided against it, and he was compelled to abandon his scheme. Steam navigation was a success. He built ferry-boats to run across the North (Hudson) and East rivers, and built vessels for several steamboat companies in different parts of the United States. In 1814 he was appointed by the government engineer to superintend the construction of one or more floating batteries. He built a war steamer (the first ever constructed), which he called the Demologos. She had a speed of 2 1/2 miles an hour, and was deemed a marvel; she was named Fulton the First, taken to the Brooklyn navy-yard, and there used as a receiving-ship until January, 1829, when she was accidentally blown up (see torpedoes). Fulton died in New York, Feb, 24, 1815. See steamboat, invention of.