COMMODORE THOMAS McDONOUGH gained his principal fame from he celebrated victory which he gained over the superior
British squadron, under Commodore Downie, September 11, 1814. Commodore McDonough was born in Newcastle county,
Delaware, December 23, 1783, and when seventeen years old entered the United States navy as midshipman, serving
in the expedition to Tripoli, under Decatur, in 1803-4. In 1807 he was promoted to lieutenant, and in July, 1813,
was made a commander. The following year, on Lake Champlain, he gained the celebrated victory above referred to,
for which he was again promoted; also received a gold medal from congress, and from the state of Vermont an estate
on Cumberland Head, in view of the scene of the engagement. His death occurred at sea, November 16, 1825, while
he was returning from the command of the Mediterranean squadron.
A Biographical Record
Of Schuyler County, New York
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company
New York and Chicago 1903.
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