Stephen Decatur Sr.

Stephen Decatur Sr.

Newport County, Rhode Island, USA
Death 11 Nov 1808 (aged 56)
Frankford, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, USA
Burial Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, USA
Memorial ID 11900978 · View Source
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United States Naval Officer. The father of famed 1812 Commodore Stephen Decatur Jr., he served in the Continental Navy during the Revolutionary War, and in the post-War United States Naval forces, himself reaching the rank of Commodore. He was responsible for the 1800 commissioning of the 28-gun sailing frigate "USS Philadelphia", which a few years later his son gained international fame for his part in daring night time raid to burn the vessel to keep it out of the hands of Tripolitan pirates during the Barbary Wars. The elder Decatur commanded the vessel during the "Quasi-War" with France, capturing five French ships with it before he was relieved of it's command by his own request.

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  • Added: 6 Oct 2005
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  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Stephen Decatur Sr. (Jun 1752–11 Nov 1808), Find a Grave Memorial no. 11900978, citing Saint Peter's Episcopal Churchyard, Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .