John Shaw

John Shaw

Birth
Mountmellick, County Laois, Ireland
Death 17 Sep 1823 (aged 49–50)
Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, USA
Burial Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, USA
Plot Section J, Plot I
Memorial ID 41323568 · View Source
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United States Naval Officer. Born in Ireland, he immigrated to United States, and became merchant marine captain in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. On August 3, 1798 he was commissioned as a Lieutenant in the United States Navy, and was assigned to served under Commodore Thomas Truxton on board the "USS Montezuma" at the outset of the 1798 to 1800 Quasi-War with France. On October 29, 1799 he was assigned to command the "USS Enterprise", and was at it's helm for the next year, capturing eight french warships, freeing a number of captured American seamen in the process. Illness forced him to resign from command in October 1800. When he recovered enough to return to active duty, he was assigned to command the "USS John Adams" in the Mediterranean Squadron, serving in the First Barbary Wars under Commodore John Rodgers. Promoted to Captain on August 27, 1807, he was assigned to command the New Orleans, Louisiana naval post just prior to the War of 1812, He was instrumental in suppressing the 1811 German Coast Slave Rebellion, and worked towards strengthening the regions meager naval defenses during the war. He commanded the "USS United States" in the later days of the War of 1812, and returned with the ship to the Mediterranean Squadron in 1815 to monitor the peace that had been brokered between America and the Barbary States. During that time he briefly commanded the Squadron until Commodore Issac Chauncey arrived. Two United States Navy destroyers were named for him - DD-68 and DD-373.

Bio by: Russ Dodge


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  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for John Shaw (1773–17 Sep 1823), Find A Grave Memorial no. 41323568, citing Christ Church Burial Ground, Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .