Naval officer; born in England
in 1721; became a post-cap tain in the British
navy in 1747.
As com mander of a fleet, he co-operated with Sir Henry Clinton
in an unsuccessful attack on Charleston
, June 28, 1776.
He afterwards assisted both Viscount General Howe
and Admiral Lord Howe
in the capture of New York, and commanded the squadron which took possession of Rhode Island
late in that year.
Afterwards he was a member of Parliament; was made admiral of the white, and on the death of Lord Howe (1799), as the oldest admiral
in the navy, he became admiral of the fleet.
He died in England
, Dec. 21, 1811.