The Info List - Isaac Chauncey

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ISAAC CHAUNCEY (February 20, 1772 – January 27, 1840) was an officer in the United States
United States
Navy who served in the Quasi-War , The Barbary Wars and the War of 1812
War of 1812
. In the latter part of his naval career he was President of the Board of Navy Commissioners.


* 1 Biography * 2 Legacy * 3 References * 4 Bibliography * 5 External links


Chauncey, born in Black Rock , Connecticut
, was appointed a Lieutenant in the Navy from 17 September 1798. He fought with gallantry in the West Indies
West Indies
during the Quasi-War with France
; in the Mediterranean
during the First Barbary War ; and commanded John Adams (1804–5), Hornet (1805–6), Washington and the Mediterranean Squadron (1815–1820). He was promoted to Captain in 1806.

Perhaps his most outstanding service was during the War of 1812
War of 1812
when he commanded the naval forces on Lake Ontario
Lake Ontario
, conducting amphibious operations in cooperation with the Army , and containing the British fleet under the command of Sir James Yeo stationed there. He also served twice as commandant of the New York Naval Shipyard . In May of 1829, while in command of the shipyard, Chauncey led a series of searches for the body of George Washington Adams
George Washington Adams
, who committed suicide by jumping from the deck of