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TAYLOR, Alfred, naval officer, born in Fairfax county, Virginia, 23 May, 1810. He entered the navy as a midshipman, 1 November, 1826, became a passed midshipman, 4 June, 1831, and was commissioned a lieutenant, 9 February, 1837. During the Mexican war he was attached to the frigate "Cumberland " in the blockade of Vera Cruz and in some of the operations on the coast. He served at the Washington navy-yard in 1848-'51, and in the steamer "Mississippi" with Perry's expedition to Japan in 1853-'5, was commissioned commander, 14 September, 1855, and commanded the sloop " Saratoga" on the coast of Africa when the civil war opened in 1861. He was commissioned captain, 16 July, 1862, and was attached to the navy-yard at Boston in 1862-'5. He commanded the flag-ship "Susquehanna" on the Brazil station in 1866, and was promoted to commodore, 27 September, 1866. He was then on waiting orders until February, 1869, when he was appointed light-house inspector. He was promoted to rear-admiral, 29 January, 1872, and was retired by operation of law, 23 May, 1872. He has been a resident of New York city since his retirement.
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