Stephen Decatur: American Naval Hero, 1779-1820 (Google eBook)

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Univ of Massachusetts Press, Mar 1, 2007 - Biography & Autobiography - 253 pages
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Born to an immigrant Philadelphia family in 1779, Stephen Decatur became at age twenty-five the youngest man ever to serve as a captain in the U.S. Navy. His intrepid heroism, leadership, and devotion to duty made him a perfect symbol of the aspirations of the growing nation. Leading men to victory in Tripoli, the War of 1812, and the Algerian war of 1815, and coining the phrase "Our country, right or wrong," Decatur created an enduring legend of bravery, celebrated in poetry, song, paintings, and the naming of dozens of towns--from Georgia to Alabama to Illinois. Decatur's friendships with James Madison, John Quincy Adams, and others made him a rising star in national politics. He and his wife Susan built an elegant home near the White House, which became a center of Washington society. The capital and the nation were shocked when Decatur was killed at the age of forty-one in a duel with a rival navy captain. Although he died prematurely, Decatur played a significant role in the shaping of the nation's identity at a time when the American people were deciding what kind of nation they would become.
  

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One of the central figures to emerge from the early national period, Stephen Decatur became a larger-than-life naval hero in his own time. His exploits in combat overshadowed his other contributions ... Read full review

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Page 18 - Decatur thought he could sail with anything, for he never saw a vessel he could not come up with or leave with ease, until he got alongside of the United States. He with me is of opinion that she will sail with anything that floats ; she is rather tender, but when I get clear of the Firewood between decks and some of the lumber on deck I hope she will be stiffer. The day I left the capes I discovered your favorite...

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Robert J. Allison, Ph.D., received his doctorate from Harvard University and is the chair of the History Department at Suffolk University.

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