James Barron


James Barron

James Barron (1769 – 21 April 1851) was an officer in the United States Navy.

Barron was born in Virginia in 1769. As a youth he served in the Virginia Navy during the last years of the American Revolution and, nearly two decades later in 1798, received a commission as a Lieutenant in the new U.S. Navy.

He demonstrated superior seamanship abilities as an officer of the frigate "United States", was promoted to Captain and commanded the frigate "Warren" in 1800-1801, during the final months of the Quasi-War with France. Over the next several years, he served in the First Barbary War in the Mediterranean and supervised the construction of a gunboat.

During his career, he commanded the frigate USS "Chesapeake" as a commodore in the US Navy. On 22 June 1807, his ship was involved in the "Chesapeake"-"Leopard" Affair, which preceded the War of 1812. The British frigate, HMS "Leopard" cornered his frigate and asked to search for British navy deserters. Barron refused and the British frigate attacked USS "Chesapeake", killing three and wounding eighteen. Barron finally allowed for the search. The British took four supposed deserters.

Barron was court-martialed and suspended. John Rodgers was the President of the court-martial, and Stephen Decatur was a member. When Barron returned to rejoin the navy, he was met with much humiliation. He challenged Stephen Decatur to a duel, which they fought on 22 March 1820; Barron was hurt badly, and Decatur was fatally wounded.

Barron continued in the Navy on shore duty, becoming senior officer in 1839, and died in Norfolk, Virginia on 21 April 1851.

External links

* [http://www.ushistory.org/germantown/people/barron.htm Biography]
* [http://www.history.navy.mil/photos/pers-us/uspers-b/j-barron.htm Naval Historical Center Biography]
* [http://virtualology.com/apjamesbarron/ Biography at Virtualology.com]


Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • James Barron (disambiguation) — James Barron may refer to: * James Barron (1769 1851), a 19th century officer in the U.S. Navy * James Barron (journalist), a reporter for The New York Times * James D. Barron, author of She s Having a Baby: And I m Having a Breakdown * Jim… …   Wikipedia

  • James Barron (journalist) — Infobox journalist name = James Barron | birthname = James Turman Barron birth date = c. 1955 birth place = age = c. 52 death date = death place = occupation = journalist and author alias = gender = male status = married title = family = James… …   Wikipedia

  • Barron — may refer to*Barron County, Wisconsin *Barron, Wisconsin *Barron, Barron County, Wisconsin *Barron Field, an airfield in Everman, Texas, U.S. *Barron Gorge National Park in Queensland, Australia *Barron v. Baltimore, a U.S. Supreme Court case… …   Wikipedia

  • Barron, Commodore — (1769 1851)    Born in Virginia. In command of the Chesapeake, on board which were some British deserters, 1807. On the refusal of Barron to give them up, the British frigate Leopardattacked and compelled his surrender. Court martialled and… …   The makers of Canada

  • Barron Hilton — Saltar a navegación, búsqueda William Barron Hilton I …   Wikipedia Español

  • James Bannatyne — Pas d image ? Cliquez ici. Situation actuelle Club actuel Team Wellington …   Wikipédia en Français

  • James Douglas el Bueno — James Douglas el Bueno, II señor de Douglas Saltar a navegación, búsqueda Sir James Douglas Tumba de Sir James, St Bride s Kirk, Douglas …   Wikipedia Español

  • James O'Shaughnessy — Born James Patrick O Shaughnessy May 24, 1960 (1960 05 24) (age 51) Saint Paul, Minn., U.S. Nationality …   Wikipedia

  • James Frain — Données clés Nom de naissance James Dominic Frain Naissance 14&# …   Wikipédia en Français

  • James Stirling (Australien) — Sir James Stirling (* 28. Januar 1791 in Drumpellier, Lanarkshire, Schottland; † 22. April 1865 in Surrey) war britischer Marineoffizier und Kolonialverwalter. Er wurde erster Gouverneur von Western Australia. Leben James Stirling war der fünfte… …   Deutsch Wikipedia