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Stringham, Silas Horton 1798-1876

Naval officer; born in Middletown, N. Y., Nov. 7, 1798; entered the navy as midshipman at eleven years of age, and was lieutenant at sixteen. He was with Rodgers in the affray between the President and Little Belt, and in 1815 was in Decatur's expedition against the Barbary States. In 1820 he was in the Cyane, which conveyed the first immigrants that settled on the coast of Liberia, Africa, and formed the nucleus of the republic of Liberia. In the war against Mexico, Captain Stringham, in command of the Ohio, took part in the bombardment of Vera Cruz. He was afterwards in command of different squadrons, and in 1861 was appointed flag-officer of the Atlantic blockading squadron and ordered to the Minnesota

Silas Horton Stringham.

as his flag-ship. With her he went as joint commander with Butler, with the land and naval expedition which captured the forts at Hatteras Inlet, Aug. 27-28. In September he was relieved at his own request; in July, 1862, was made a rearadmiral on the retired list; and in 1870-72 was port-admiral at New York. He died in Brooklyn, N. Y., Feb. 7, 1876.

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