Naval officer: born in Westford, Mass.
, Jan. 18, 1793; entered the navy as midshipman at the beginning of the War
of 1812: served first on the frigate President
, and next on Lake Champlain
with Commodore Macdonough
, who when he asked Abbot
if he were ready to die for his country received the reply: “Certainly, sir; that is what I came into the service for.”
He was then ordered to enter the British
lines as a spy and destroy a number of spars which had been stored at Sorel
For his success in this dangerous exploit and for his bravery in the engagement at Cumberland Head
on Sept. 11, 1814, he received a sword of honor from Congress and was commissioned a lieutenant.
He was given charge of the pirate ship Mariana
in 1818; promoted commander in 1838; and in the following year was given command of the Boston
During Commodore Perry
's expedition to Japan
in 1852 Abbot
commanded the Macedonian
, and later was appointed flag-officer of the squadron.
He died in Hong-Kong
, Dec. 14, 1855.