Stephen Decatur, Jr.


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Stephen Decatur, Jr. (January 5, 1779 – March 22, 1820) was a United States naval officer notable for his many naval victories in the early 19th century.

He was born on the eastern shore of Maryland, in Worcester County, the son of a U.S. naval officer who served during the American Revolution. Shortly after attending college, Decatur followed in his father's footsteps and joined the ... more »

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  • ''Our country! In her intercourse with foreign nations, may she always be in the right; but our country, right or wrong.''
    Stephen Decatur (1779-1820), U.S. naval commander. Toast given at Norfolk, April 1816. Quoted in Life of Stephen Decatur, ch. 14, Alexander Slidell Ma...
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