Stephen Decatur Biography

Military Leader (1779–1820)
Stephen Decatur was a U.S. Navy commander known for his service in the Tripoli War, along with other prominent missions of his era.


Born on January 5, 1779, in Sinepuxent, Maryland, Stephen Decatur joined the U.S. Navy and became a lieutenant by century's end. Highly regarded for his mission to destroy a captured vessel off a Tripoli harbor, he later served in the War of 1812 and the Algerian War. In the culmination of a longstanding feud, Decatur was slain in a duel with naval officer James Barron in Bladensburg on March 22, 1820.

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