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PENNOGK, Alexander Mosely, naval officer, born in Norfolk, Virginia, 1 November, 1813 ; died in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, 20 September, 1876. He was appointed to the navy from Tennessee on 1 April, 1828, served on the frigate "Guerriere," in the Pacific squadron, in 1829-'30, and on the sloop " Natchez," in the Brazil squadron, in 1884. He was promoted lieutenant, 25 March, 1889, was light-house inspector in 1853-'6, and on 15 December, 1855, was commissioned commander. He was on special duty connected with the steam frigate "Niagara" in 1857, commanded the steamer "Southern Star," of the Brazil squadron, and in the Paraguay expedition in 1859-'60, and was again detailed as light-house inspector in 1861. In the last-named year Commander Pennock was ordered to duty as fleet captain of the Mississippi squadron, where he remained till the autumn of 1864, gaining a reputation for executive ability of a high order. He was commissioned captain, 2 January, 1863, in 1866-'7 was on duty at the Brooklyn navy-yard, and in 1868 was appointed to the frigate "Franklin," then Farragut's flag-ship, of the European squadron. He was commissioned commodore, 6 May, 1868, and in 1869 was in charge of the European squadron. He was promoted to rear-admiral in 1872.
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