Naval officer; born
in Black Rock, Conn.
: 20, 1772; in early life was in the merchant service,
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
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
, and at the head of his grave stands a fine white-marble monument, suitably inscribed.