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CHASE, Ann, patriot, born in Ireland in 1809; died in Brooklyn, L. I., 24 December, 1874. She came to the United States in 1818, and acquired an excellent mercantile education while assisting her brother in his business. In 1832 she settled in New Orleans, but during the following year removed to Tampico, Mexico, where she met Franklin Chase, United States consul at that place, whom she married in 1836. While the Mexican war was in progress, Mrs. Chase remained at the consulate to protect the American records during the enforced absence of her husband. On one occasion an infuriated mob attempted to pull down the flag that floated over her residence; but, with revolver in hand, she defied the crowd, and declared that no one should touch the flag except over her dead body. Later she succeeded in communicating with Com. Connor, then commanding the United States fleet in the Gulf of Mexico, and through her instrumentality the City of Tampico was taken, without expenditure of life or treasure. In honor of her heroism, the army named the fortress of the City Fort Ann, and the ladies of New Orleans presented her with a service of plate. In 1871 her husband resigned his office and she removed to Brooklyn, where the remainder of her life was spent. During the voyage to the United States, while rescuing a child from danger, she received injuries that resulted in a cancer of the breast, causing her death.
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