A distinguished officer in the Navy of the United States, was born January 5, 1779, on the eastern shore of Maryland, and received his education in Philadelphia. He entered the army in 1798, and distinguished himself by the destruction of the frigate Philadelphia, which had run upon a rock in the harbor of Tripoli, and fallen in an enemies [sic] hands. At the bombardment of Tripoli the next year, he captured two of the enemies [sic] boats which were moored along the mouth of the harbor. In the late war between Great Britain and the United States, his chief exploit was the caputre of the British frigate Macedonian. In the summer of 1815 he was sent to the Mediterranean, after securing protection to American commerce at Algiers. He went to Tripoli for a like purpose, and then returned to the United States. He was then appointed a member of the Board of Commissioners for the Navy, and held that office until March, 1820, when he was shot in a duel with Commodore Barron. [P. 14.]
Catalogue of the National Portraits in Independence Hall: comprising many of those of the Signers of the Declaration of Independence and other distinguished persons connected with the early history of the efforts which resulted in the glorious Liberty we now enjoy. Philadelphia. 1856.