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Collection Reference Number GLC04739
From Archive Folder Documents Relating to 1820 
Title Appointment of Thomas Ap Catesby Jones to Master Commandant in U.S. Navy
Date 28 March 1823
Author Monroe, James (1758-1831)  
Document Type Military document
Content Description 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.
Subjects Navy  Military History  President  Government and Civics  
People Monroe, James (1758-1831)  Thompson, Smith (1768-1843)  
Place written Washington, D.C.
Theme Naval & Maritime; Government & Politics; The Presidency
Sub-collection The Gilder Lehrman Collection, 1493-1859
Additional Information 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.
Copyright The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Module Settlement, Commerce, Revolution and Reform: 1493-1859