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Dr John A Kearney
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Birth: Jun. 21, 1793, Ireland
Death: Aug. 27, 1847, At Sea

John A Kearney, Surgeon, US Navy, Mexican War, Died from Yellow Fever.

Officers of the Continental and U.S. Navy and Marine Corps, 1775-1900about John A Kearney
Name: John A Kearney
Rank Information: Surgeon's Mate, Surgeon
Service Dates: 3 Mar 1809
Military Branch: US Navy Officers (1798-1900)
Death Date: 27 Aug 1847

Dr. John A. Kearney was born in Ireland on June 21, 1793. His parents immigrated to American around 1798. Father was an architect and land-owner in DC. He joined the US Navy as a surgeon's mate on March 3, 1809. He was promoted to surgeon on July 24, 1814 and served in the capacity with the Newport, RI gunboat flotilla under the command of Oliver Hazard Perry. In May 1814, Kearney exchanged stations with Dr. Cotton, surgeon of USS Constitution, and entered the ship on June 11. He was on board for the engagement with HMS Cyane and Levant. He stayed on board until September 10, 1815 and then took up the post of surgeon at the Charlestown Navy Yard in 1816. During the Seminole War, Kearney was sent to Fort Brooke in Florida, and remained during the spring of 1837. From 1841-1847 Kearney was president of the Board of Naval Surgeons, a post he gave up in 1847, when on the 7th of May of that year he was appointed Surgeon of the Fleet in the Gulf of Mexico. He was not long on the job before he contracted yellow fever and entered the Naval Hospital on the Island of Salmandina. It was there on August 27, 1847, that he died at aged 53. His body was returned to Washington, DC and he was interred at the Congressional Cemetery on March 1, 1848.

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  Mary M. Forrest Kearney (____ - 1885)*
  Georgiana Kearney (1832 - 1834)*
  Julius Forrest Kearney (1841 - 1841)*
  Richard F Kearney (1841 - 1900)*
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Congressional Cemetery
District of Columbia
District Of Columbia, USA
Plot: R53/18
Created by: Rubbings
Record added: Aug 04, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 94795617
Dr John A Kearney
Added by: Historic Congressional Cemetery Archivist
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 Added: Aug. 4, 2012

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