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First Name: John

Last Name: Rodgers


Gender: Male

Branch: Navy (present)


Date of Birth: 11 July 1772

Date of Death: 01 August 1838

Rank or Rate: Commodore

Years Served:
John Rodgers

•  Quasi-War (Franco-American War) (1798 - 1800)
•  1st Barbary War (1801 - 1805)
•  War of 1812
•  2nd Barbary War (1815)


John Rodgers
Commodore, U.S. Navy

John Rodgers was born on 11 July 1772.

Rodgers became a hero in the pre-War of 1812 naval squabbles with France and Great Britain. He served with distinction in the Quasi-War with France, helped to defeat Tripolitan naval forces in the Barbary Wars and defeated a British Sloop-of-War in 1811, which brought back a measure of respect to the U.S. Navy in the wake of the USS Chesapeake-HMS Leopold affair.

He commanded several squadrons crushed in the War of 1812, but helped to successfully defend Baltimore from British attack. After the War, he was named President of the U.S. Navy Board of Commissioners (which included fellow Commodores, Isaac Hull and David D. Porter). 

Death and Burial

John Rodgers died on 1 August 1838. He is buried at the Congressional Cemetery in Washington, DC.

Honoree ID: 3017   Created by: MHOH




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