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John Paul Jones

John Paul Jones


"John Paul Jones" (July 6, 1747–July 18, 1792) was America's first well-known naval hero in the American Revolutionary War. John Paul Jones was born "John Paul" in 1747 in the Stewarty of Kirkcudbright on the southern coast of Scotland. John Paul’s father was a gardener in Arbigland, and his mother was a member of Clan MacDuff.

John Paul adopted the alias John Jones when he fled to his brother's home in Fredericksburg, Virginia in 1773 in order to avoid legal troubles in Tobago after he killed a sailor involved in a mutiny. He began using the name John Paul Jones as his brother suggested during the start of the American Revolution.

Though his naval career never reached the heights predicted for him after his victory over the ''Serapis'' with the converted slaver ''Bonhomme Richard'', John Paul Jones remains the first genuine American Naval hero, and a highly regarded battle commander. His service in Russia showed the mark of genius that enabled him to defeat the ''Serapis''. Jones simply was not as good a politician as he was a naval commander, in an era where politics determined promotion, both in America and abroad. Though he was originally buried in ...

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