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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