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Naval History and Heritage Command

David Porter Esq. of the United States Navy

A portrait of an early 19th century naval officer
Description: Engraving, by David Edwin After Joseph Wood, C. 1815, Unframed Dimensions 9H X 5W
Accession #: 2008-058-1075
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David Porter (1780-1843) served in the Navy continuously from about 1798 to 1826, when he left after a being tried for carrying out a punitive incident against Fajardo, Puerto Rico for jailing one of his officers.  He served as commander-in-chief of the Mexican Navy from 1826 to 1829.  He later served as U.S. Minister to the Barbary States and died while serving as U.S. Minister to Turkey.

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