Rodgers, John, 1812-1882

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American naval officer.

From the description of Autograph note signed : Alexandria, to General McDowell, 1862 Apr. 3. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270656128

From the description of Letter signed : Mare Island, California, to Mr. Fletcher, Inspector of Machinery afloat, 1873 Dec. 17. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270656131

John Rodgers, Jr., United States naval officer. Rodgers was born near Havre De Grace, Maryland, on August 8, 1812. The son of Commodore John Rodgers (1771-1838), he joined the Navy as a midshipman in 1828. His career included command posts in the North Pacific Exploring and Survey Expedition, the Asiatic Squadron, and the Mare Island Naval Station. During the Civil War, he distinguished himself in the attack on Fort Sumter and the capture of the Confederate ship Atlanta. He died in Washington on May 5, 1882.

William Lambert, astronomer.

From the description of A course of navigation : written under the tuition of Mr. William Lambert : begun on the 5th March 1829 : finished 29th April 1829, 1829-1831. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 702179733

Naval commander John Rodgers (1773-1838) was born in Maryland to farmers John Rodgers and Elizabeth Reynolds. He entered the U.S. navy and, in March 1798, was appointed 2nd lieutenant aboard the U.S.S. Constellation, under Commodore Thomas Truxtun. Within a little more than a year, he rose to the rank of captain and took command of the Insurgent and later the Maryland, during the Quasi-War with France. Rodgers left the Navy briefly in 1801, only to return to participate in the first Barbary Wars, 1802-1806, as captain of the John Adams in the blockading fleet off Tripoli, under the command of Richard V. Morris. Rodgers played a key role in negotiating a treaty with the four Barbary States, which ensured the safety of American shipping interests in the Mediterranean. After the court-marital of James Barron, commander of the Chesapeake during the scandalous Chesapeake-Leopard Affair (1807), the Rodgers became the commander of the Northern Division fleet, which enforced the Embargo Act between 1810 and 1811. His first flagship was the Constitution, but he later shifted his flag to the President . Rodgers became one of the highest ranking officers in the Navy during the War of 1812, and was renowned for his role in the disruption of British shipping to North America, as well as for his participation in the harassment of British forces as they retreated from the sack of Washington. Rodgers led the Navy Board of Commissioners from 1815-1824 and 1827-1837, and served briefly as Secretary of the Navy in 1823.

In October 1806, Rodgers married Minerva Denison (1784-1877), daughter of Gideon Denison, Jr., of Havre de Grace, Maryland; they had eleven children. John Rodgers died in the Naval Asylum in Philadelphia in 1838 after complications from cholera.

From the guide to the John Rodgers papers, Rodgers, John papers, 1796-1908, 1801-1836, (William L. Clements Library, University of Michigan)

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referencedIn Wright family. Papers, 1785-1902 (bulk 1809-1876). Hagley Museum & Library
creatorOf Rendell, Kenneth W.,. List, [1834] : of University of Virginia students [manuscript]. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Dictator (Ship). USS Dictator Collection, 1865. New-York Historical Society Library
referencedIn Du Pont, Samuel Francis, 1803-1865. Log books, 1817-1859 [microform]. Hagley Museum & Library
referencedIn Frederick Rodgers Papers, 1852-1920, (bulk 1860-1905) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
referencedIn Porter, David D. (David Dixon), 1813-1891. David D. Porter family papers, 1799-1899. Library of Congress
creatorOf Welles, Gideon, 1802-1878. Telegram signed : "Navy Department", to Comm. John Rodgers, 1861 Jul. 27. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Perry, Matthew Calbraith, 1794-1858. Rodgers family papers, 1788-1944. Library of Congress
referencedIn Macomb, Alexander, 1888-1970. Rodgers family papers, 1740-1987 (bulk 1804-1932). Library of Congress
creatorOf Harcourt, Jay, of Wappinger Falls, N.Y. [Astronomy notebook] American Museum of Natural History
referencedIn Du Pont, Pierre S. (Pierre Samuel), 1870-1954,. The P. S. du Pont Office Collection, 1749-1939. Hagley Museum & Library
referencedIn Du Pont, Samuel Francis, 1803-1865. Papers, 1812-1865. Hagley Museum & Library
creatorOf Rodgers, John, 1812-1882. Letter of John Rodgers, superintendent, Naval Observatory, to counteract the circular invoking the interference of the National Academy of Sciences in regard to the proposed measure of moving the Naval Observatory. US Naval Observatory, James M. Gilliss Library
referencedIn Patterson-Winslow Family Papers, 1813-1963, (bulk 1830-1908) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
referencedIn Pook family papers, 1937. Library of Congress
creatorOf Rodgers, John, 1812-1882. Map showing projected harbor line of San Francisco : as proposed by the U.S. Commissioners to accompany their report of March 28th, 1877 / John Rodgers, Rear Admiral, U.S. Navy ; George Davidson, asst. U.S. Coast Survey. UC Berkeley Libraries
referencedIn Rodgers family. Rodgers family papers, 1791-1885 bulk 1800-1830. Historical Society of Pennsylvania
referencedIn Rodgers Family Papers, 1788-1944, (bulk 1820-1930) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
creatorOf Rodgers, John, 1773-1838. John Rodgers papers, 1796-1908, bulk 1801-1836. University of Michigan, William Clements Library
referencedIn Bache, A. D. (Alexander Dallas), 1806-1867. Papers of Alexander Dallas Bache, 1827-1867. Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens
referencedIn David D. Porter Family Papers, 1799-1899 Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
referencedIn Willis, George R., d. 1884. Admiral John Rodger's [i.e. Rodgers'] scrap book. Navy Department Library, Naval History & Heritage Command
referencedIn Du Pont, Pierre S. (Pierre Samuel), 1870-1954,. The Longwood Manuscripts, 1438-1954. Hagley Museum & Library
referencedIn Matthew Calbraith Perry correspondence, 1812-1878. Houghton Library.
creatorOf United States North Pacific Exploring Expedition (1853-1856). Correspondence, 1853 May 11-1855 Dec. 18. Dartmouth College Library
creatorOf Rodgers, John, 1812-1882. A course of navigation : written under the tuition of Mr. William Lambert : begun on the 5th March 1829 : finished 29th April 1829, 1829-1831. Yale University, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn Du Pont, Eleuthère Irénée, 1771-1834. Papers, 1771-1922. Hagley Museum & Library
referencedIn Meigs family. Meigs family papers 1848-1958 (bulk 1875-1910). Hagley Museum & Library
creatorOf Rodgers, John, 1812-1882. Letter signed : Mare Island, California, to Mr. Fletcher, Inspector of Machinery afloat, 1873 Dec. 17. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Rodgers, John, 1812-1882. Autograph note signed : Alexandria, to General McDowell, 1862 Apr. 3. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States Commandery of the State of Massachusetts Civil War collection, 1724-1933 (inclusive);, 1861-1912 (bulk). Houghton Library.
referencedIn Rodgers Family Papers, 1740-1987, (bulk 1804-1932) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
creatorOf John Rodgers papers, Rodgers, John papers, 1796-1908, 1801-1836 William L. Clements Library , University of Michigan
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associatedWith Rodgers, John, 1773-1838. person
associatedWith Rodgers, Minerva Denison, 1784-1877 person
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California--San Francisco
San Francisco (Calif.)
United States
United States
Washington (D.C.)
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Ships--Sanitation
Chesapeake--Leopard Affair, 1807
Medicine, Naval
Courts-martial and courts of inquiry
Impressment
Harbors--Maps
Nautical astronomy--Study and teaching--19th century
Navigation--Study and teaching--19th century
Embargo, 1807-1809
Blockade
Astronomical observatories
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Sailors--19th century.--United States
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Birth 1812-08-08

Death 1882-05-05

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