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Rodgers, John, an American naval officer; born in Harford co., Md., July 11, 1771. He was a captain in the merchant service by 1789, and in 1798 entered the navy as a lieutenant, becoming captain the year after. In 1805 he extorted from Tripoli and Tunis treaties abolishing the former tribute and forbidding the slavery of Christian captives. On June 23, 1812, he fired the first shot of the war with Great Britain. He died Aug. 1, 1838.


Entry from Everybody's Cyclopedia, 1912.

Rodgers, John, an American naval officer; born in Maryland, Aug 8, 1812; died in Washington, D.C., May 5, 1882. He was the son of Commodore John Rodgers, and entered the navy in 1825. He was in the war against the Seminole Indians, and rendered excellent service during the Civil War. He was rear-admiral in 1871, and in 1877-82 was superintendant of the United States Naval Observatory.


Entry from Everybody's Cyclopedia, 1912.

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