Preble, Edward, 1761-1807

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Birth 1761-08-15
Death 1807-08-25
English, Arabic, Italian, French

Biographical notes:

American naval officer who served in the American Revolution and merchant marine.

From the description of Diary, [1860]. (New York University, Group Batchload). WorldCat record id: 58774129

U.S. naval officer; served during the American Revolution.

From the description of Edward Preble memorandum book and U.S. Navy regulations, 1800-1805. (Maine Historical Society Library). WorldCat record id: 279266829

Edward Preble was a United States naval officer.

From the description of Commodore Edward Preble's Internal Rules and Regulations... 1803-1804. (Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens). WorldCat record id: 758523425

Naval officer.

From the description of Papers of Edward Preble, 1680-1912 (bulk 1799-1809). (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 71063701

Biographical Note

  • 1761, Aug. 15: Born, Portland, Maine
  • 1779: Appointed midshipman on board the Protector of the Massachusetts Navy
  • 1783 - 1798 : Served fifteen years in the merchant service after the Revolutionary War
  • 1798: Appointed lieutenant in the United States Navy in Commodore John Barry's Squadron
  • 1799: Commissioned captain in the navy Commanded the frigate Essex escorting convoy to East Indies
  • 1801: Married Mary Deering of Portland, Maine
  • 1803: Commander of the Third Naval Squadron ordered to the Mediterranean in whose fleet the frigate Philadelphia was captured by Tripolitans and later blown up by Stephen Decatur
  • 1804: Assaulted but failed to capture Tripoli and returned home Became a shipbuilder for the navy
  • 1807, Aug. 25: Died, Portland, Maine

From the guide to the Edward Preble Papers, 1680-1912, (bulk 1799-1809), (Manuscript Division Library of Congress)


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