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GRAY, Alfred G., naval officer, born in Norfolk, Virginia, in 1818; died in Brooklyn, New York, 10 November, 1876. He went to sea at the age of seventeen, and became a captain when twenty-seven. He was appointed lieutenant in the Texan service in 1843, when he commanded the sloop-of-war "Austin" in the engagement off Campeachy with the Mexican war steamships " Regenerador," " Guadalupe," and "Montezuma." During the civil war he was for three years captain of the army transport '" McClellan" and other vessels. In 1.865 he entered the service of the Pacific mail steamship company, by whom he was made commodore in 1874.
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