Preble, Edward, 1761-1807

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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)

Archival Resources
Role Title Holding Repository
referencedIn Smith, Robert, 1757-1842. Robert Smith correspondence, 1800-1815. Library of Congress
referencedIn Tripolitan War collection, 1804-1805. American Antiquarian Society
referencedIn Dent, John H. (John Herbert), 1782-1823. John H. Dent order-book, 1803-1810. Library of Congress
referencedIn Low, Rufus. Letter, 1801 June 5, Boston, [Massachusetts] to Thomas Jefferson, Washington [D.C.]. William & Mary Libraries
creatorOf Preble, Edward, 1761-1807. Diary, [1860]. New-York Historical Society
referencedIn King, Marquis Fayette, 1835-1904. Photographic album, ca. 1800?-1900?. Maine Historical Society Library
creatorOf Preble, Edward, 1761-1807. Commodore Edward Preble's Internal Rules and Regulations... 1803-1804. Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens
referencedIn Eaton, William, 1764-1811. Autograph letter signed from William Eaton to Commodore Preble, 1807 June 25. Maine Historical Society Library
referencedIn War of 1812 mss., 1776-1879 Lilly Library (Indiana University, Bloomington)
referencedIn Chauncey family. Chauncey family papers, 1675-1928 (inclusive). Yale University Library
creatorOf Brown, Samuel, Sir, 1776-1852. Papers, 1799-1805. Massachusetts Historical Society
creatorOf Preble, Edward, 1761-1807. Receipt, 1794. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
referencedIn Freemasons. Grand Lodge of Maine. USS Preble collection, 2002. Maine Historical Society Library
referencedIn Historical manuscripts collection, 1347-1969, bulk: 1775-1885 Free Library of Philadelphia: Rare Book Department
creatorOf Edward Preble Papers, 1680-1912, (bulk 1799-1809) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
referencedIn Moses Bond journal 1808-1814 1808 Bond, Moses journal William L. Clements Library
creatorOf Whittle, Conway, 1800-1881. Papers, 1773-1911, 1801-1867. William & Mary Libraries
creatorOf Barron, Samuel, 1765-1810. Papers, 1793-1942. William & Mary Libraries
referencedIn Preble family. Papers, 1810-1971. Operational Archive Branch, Naval History Center
referencedIn Chauncey, Isaac, 1772-1840. Letter books, 1805-1821. Churchill County Museum
creatorOf Lear, Tobias, 1762-1816. Manuscript letter copybooks and diary, 1803-1809. : Algiers. Copley Press, J S Copley Library
referencedIn Preble, Charles E. Preble family genealogical papers, ca. 1918-1990. Maine Historical Society Library
referencedIn U.S. History mss., 1612-1977 Lilly Library (Indiana University, Bloomington)
referencedIn Brown, Philip Henry, 1831-1893,. Arabic prayerbook possibly belonging to Commodore Edward Preble, ca. 1803. Maine Historical Society Library
creatorOf Constitution (Frigate). Ship's papers of the U.S.S. Constitution pertaining to the Tripolitan War, 1803-1805. Maine Historical Society Library
referencedIn Henry Wadsworth Longfellow papers, 1819-1928. Houghton Library
referencedIn Century Company records New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
referencedIn Tobias Lear papers 1791-1817 Lear, Tobias, papers William L. Clements Library
referencedIn Dale, Richard, 1756-1826. Papers, 1780-1845. American Philosophical Society Library
referencedIn Hall, John. Morning report of a detachment of marines, commanded by Captain John Hall, on board the United States frigate Constitution, Commodore Edward Preble, Commander. New England Historic Genealogical Society
creatorOf Preble, Edward, 1761-1807. Letter, 1805 October 28, Portland, to Stephen Decatur, Philadelphia. Dartmouth College Library
referencedIn Harwood family. Harwood family papers, 1722-1962. Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
referencedIn Lear, Tobias, 1762-1816. Tobias Lear diary, 1803 June 24 - October 23. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf William L. Clements Library. Tobias Lear papers, 1791-1816. William L. Clements Library
creatorOf Preble, Edward, 1761-1807. Edward Preble memorandum book and U.S. Navy regulations, 1800-1805. Maine Historical Society Library
Role Title Holding Repository
Relation Name
associatedWith Acton, John Francis Edward, 1736-1811. person
associatedWith Adams (Frigate) corporateBody
associatedWith Argus (Brig) corporateBody
associatedWith Bainbridge, William, 1774-1833. person
associatedWith Barron, James, 1769-1851. person
associatedWith Barron, Samuel, 1765-1810. person
associatedWith Bond, Moses, b. 1786 person
associatedWith Brown, Samuel, Sir, 1776-1852. person
associatedWith Cathcart, James L. (James Leander), 1767-1843. person
correspondedWith Century Company corporateBody
associatedWith Chauncey family. family
associatedWith Chauncey, Isaac, 1772-1840. person
associatedWith Constitution (Frigate) corporateBody
associatedWith Crowninshield, Jacob, 1770-1808. person
associatedWith Dale, Richard, 1756-1826. person
correspondedWith Davis, George person
associatedWith Davis, George. person
associatedWith Decatur, Stephen, 1752-1808. person
associatedWith Decatur, Stephen, 1779-1820. person
correspondedWith Dellenbaugh, Frederick Samuel, 1853-1935 person
associatedWith Dent, John H. (John Herbert), 1782-1823. person
correspondedWith Eaton, William, 1764-1811. person
associatedWith Essex (Frigate) corporateBody
associatedWith Free Library of Philadelphia. corporateBody
associatedWith Freemasons. Grand Lodge of Maine. corporateBody
associatedWith Goldsborough, Charles W. (Charles Washington), 1779-1843. person
associatedWith Hall, John. person
associatedWith Harwood family. family
associatedWith Higgens, William. person
associatedWith Hull, Isaac, 1773-1843. person
associatedWith Izard, Ralph. person
correspondedWith Izard, Ralph 1785-1824 person
associatedWith John Adams (Ship) corporateBody
associatedWith Jones, Jacob, 1768-1850. person
associatedWith Lear, Tobias, 1762-1816. person
associatedWith Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth, 1807-1882 person
associatedWith Low, Rufus. person
associatedWith Philadelphia (Frigate) corporateBody
associatedWith Pickering (Brig) corporateBody
associatedWith Preble, Charles E. person
associatedWith Preble, Ebenezer. person
correspondedWith Preble, Ebenezer, 1757-1817 person
associatedWith Preble family. family
associatedWith Preble family. family
associatedWith Preble family. family
associatedWith Preble, Henry. person
associatedWith Preble, Mary. person
associatedWith Prince, James. person
correspondedWith Prince, James, fl. 1806- person
associatedWith Ranger (Ship sloop) corporateBody
associatedWith Ranger (Sloop) corporateBody
associatedWith Rodgers, John, 1773-1838. person
associatedWith Smith, Robert, 1757-1842. person
associatedWith Stoddert, Benjamin, 1751-1813. person
associatedWith Success (Schooner) corporateBody
associatedWith Traveller (Smack) corporateBody
associatedWith United States. Navy corporateBody
associatedWith United States. Navy. Mediterranean Squadron. corporateBody
associatedWith Whittle, Conway, 1800-1881. person
associatedWith William L. Clements Library. corporateBody
correspondedWith Yūsuf Bāshā al-Qaramānlī, Ruler of Tripoli, -1838 person
associatedWith Yūsuf Bāshā al-Qaramānlī, Ruler of Tripoli, d. 1838. person
Place Name Admin Code Country
United States
United States
Tripoli (Libya)
United States
Tripoli (Libya)
Boston (Mass.)
Portsmouth (N.H.)
United States
Naval convoys
Merchant marine
Ship's papers
Ship's papers
Voyages and travels
Military officers
Naval officers


Birth 1761-08-15

Death 1807-08-25







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SNAC ID: 49617656