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Jones, Jacob -1850

Naval officer; born near Smyrna, Del., in March, 1768; graduated at the University of Pennsylvania,

Jacob Jones.

and entered the navy as a midshipman in 1799. He was an officer of the Philadelphia when she was captured at Tripoli. In 1810 he was made commander, and when the War of 1812-15 broke out he was in charge of the sloop-of-war Wasp, in which he gained a victory. He commanded the Macedonian, in Decatur's squadron, as post-captain. After the war he commanded the Mediterranean squadron; was a commissioner of the navy board; and governor of the naval asylum at Philadelphia. Congress voted him thanks and a gold medal and several States presented him with swords. He died in Philadelphia, Aug. 3, 1850.

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