Isaac Chauncey (February 20, 1772 – January 27, 1840) was
an officer in the
United States Navy who served in the Quasi-War, The
Barbary Wars and the War of 1812. In the latter part of his naval
career he was President of the Board of Navy Commissioners.
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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 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
(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, conducting amphibious
operations in cooperation with the Army, and containing the British
fleet under the command of
Sir James Yeo
Sir James Yeo stationed there. He also
served twice as commandant of the New York Naval Shipyard. In May
1829, while in command of the shipyard, Chauncey led a series of
searches for the body of George Washington Adams, who committed
suicide by jumping from the deck of the steamship Benjamin
His last service was as member, and, for four years, President, of the
Board of Navy Commissioners. Commodore Chauncey died in Washington, on
27th of January, 1840.
USS Chauncey named in his honor.
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Isaac Chauncey papers, at the
William L. Clements Library
William L. Clements Library contain
professional letters and documents from throughout Chauncey's naval
This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of
American Naval Fighting Ships.