Naval officer; born in New Castle county, Del.
, Dec. 23, 1783; was of Scotch-Irish descent, and his father, who came from the North
, was an officer of distinction in the Continental
was appointed a midshipman in the navy in 1800, a lieutenant in 1807, and commander in July, 1813.
He had served with distinction in the Mediterranean squadron with Bainbridge
In 1814 he commanded a squadron on Lake Champlain
, and on Sept. 11, he gained a signal victory over the British
For this service he was promoted to captain and received thanks and a gold medal from Congress.
Civil honors were bestowed upon him by various cities and towns; and the legislature of Vermont
gave him an estate on Cumberland Head
which overlooked the scene of his great exploit.
From the close of the war Macdonough
's health declined.
He was given command of the Mediterranean squadron,
but his health grew rapidly worse, and he died at sea on a vessel sent by the government to bring him home, Nov. 16, 1825.