Stephen Decatur Amer Navl Hero 1799-1820

Stephen Decatur Amer Navl Hero 1799-1820

by Robert J. Allison
     
 
Born to an immigrant Philadelphia family in 1779, Stephen Decatur became at age twenty-five the youngest man ever to serve as a captain in the U.S. Navy. His intrepid heroism, leadership, and devotion to duty made him a perfect symbol of the aspirations of the growing nation. Leading men to victory in Tripoli, the War of 1812, and the Algerian war of 1815, and coining

Overview

Born to an immigrant Philadelphia family in 1779, Stephen Decatur became at age twenty-five the youngest man ever to serve as a captain in the U.S. Navy. His intrepid heroism, leadership, and devotion to duty made him a perfect symbol of the aspirations of the growing nation. Leading men to victory in Tripoli, the War of 1812, and the Algerian war of 1815, and coining the phrase "Our country, right or wrong," Decatur created an enduring legend of bravery, celebrated in poetry, song, paintings, and the naming of dozens of towns-from Georgia to Alabama to Illinois.

Decatur's" friendships with James Madison, John Quincy Adams, and others made him a rising star in national politics. He and his wife Susan built an elegant home near the White House, which became a center of Washington, society. The capital and the nation were shocked when Decatur was killed at the age of forty-one in a duel with a rival navy captain. Although he died prematurely, Decatur played a significant role in the shaping of the nation's identity at a time when the American people were deciding what kind of nation they would become.

About the Author:
Robert J. Allison is professor of history at Suffolk University

Editorial Reviews

International History Review
Decatur's story remains a tale of heroic naval adventure and the story of an admirable fighting leader.

The Daybook
Allison's is a useful and frequently fresh look at the life and career of an early American naval hero.
The Historian
Stephen Decatur may have been ignored by two generations of historians, but that oversight has been impressively corrected.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781558494923
Publisher:
University of Massachusetts Press
Publication date:
07/27/2005
Pages:
280
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.40(h) x 1.00(d)

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