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|Collection Reference Number
|From Archive Folder
|Documents Relating to 1820
|Appointment of Thomas Ap Catesby Jones to Master Commandant in U.S. Navy
|28 March 1823
|Monroe, James (1758-1831)
|Countersigned by Smith Thompson as Secretary of the Navy. Also countersigned by John H. Sherburne as "Registered." Document says President Monroe has nominated and the Senate has consented to the appointment of Thomas Ap Catesby Jones to Master Commandant in the United States Navy. Paper seal of the United States Navy at bottom of recto.
|Navy Military History President Government and Civics
|Monroe, James (1758-1831) Thompson, Smith (1768-1843)
|Naval & Maritime; Government & Politics; The Presidency
|The Gilder Lehrman Collection, 1493-1859
|In the War of 1812 Jones made a desperate and unsuccessful effort to halt the fleet carrying the British army to New Orleans from crossing Lake Borgne (1814). In 1826 he made a visit to Hawaii that increased U.S. prestige in those islands. In 1842, acting upon a rumor that the United States and Mexico were at war, he captured Monterey, California. For this action he was removed from command but not otherwise censured. He served as Herman Melville's model for “Commodore J” in his novel White Jacket.
|The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
|Settlement, Commerce, Revolution and Reform: 1493-1859