Preble, George Henry, 1816-1885

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Birth 1816-02-25
Death 1885-03-01

Biographical notes:

George Henry Preble was born 25 February 1816 Portland ME. He was elected a member of NEHGS in 1866 and became a life member in 1869. He died 1 March 1885 Brookline MA [memoir in Memorial Biographies 8:206].

From the description of George Henry Preble Papers, 1791-1873. (New England Historic Genealogical Society). WorldCat record id: 50057646

U.S. Navy officer and author; b. in Portland, Me.

From the description of George Henry Preble memorandum book, 1859 and undated. (Maine Historical Society Library). WorldCat record id: 279238964

American historian.

From the description of Letter, 1880 July 5, Brookline, Ma., to Mrs. James [manuscript]. (University of Virginia). WorldCat record id: 647825514

George Henry Preble (1816-1885) was a naval officer and author. He served with the Navy in the Mediterranean and Caribbean. From 1843 to 1845 he circumnavigated the world and went ashore with the first American force to land in China. He also sailed with Matthew C. Perry's expedition to the Far East in 1852 to 1854. He served in various capacities with the Navy during the Civil War and retired as a rear admiral.

Preble was a writer and collector of material on historical subjects, especially naval topics. He wrote Our Flag: Origin and Progress of the Flag of the United States of America...(1872, 1880, and 1917). He also researched his genealogy and wrote many historical sketches and periodical articles.

From the description of Papers, c. 1861-c. 1882. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 207165343


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