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Commodore David Porter Autographs, Memorabilia & Collectibles

Born: February 1, 1780 in Boston, Massachusetts
Died: March 3, 1843
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During the War of 1812, David Porter (1780-1843, born in Boston, Massachusetts) commanded the Essex, which became the first U.S. naval vessel in the Pacific. Commodore Porter was Commander in Chief of the West Indian squadron, charged with suppressing piracy (1823-1825). He was court-martialed and suspended from duty for retaliatory action against Spanish authorities in Puerto Rico (1825-1826). He served as Commander in Chief of the Mexican Navy from 1826 to 1829. Porter served as US Consul General in Algiers (1830-1831), Chargé d'Affaires to the Ottoman Empire (modern Turkey), 1831-1839 and US Minister to Turkey, 1839-1843, dying in Istanbul. (San Stefano, from which he sent this letter, is a seaside resort - today a suburb - near Istanbul.)  Porter had ten children, including David Dixon Porter and, by adoption David Farragut. Both these sons became admirals - and US naval heroes - during the Civil War. This touching letter shows David Porter taking equal pride in his daughters, and in celebrating the literacy and educational attainments of American women.

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