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RIDGELEY, Charles Goodwin, naval officer, born in Baltimore, Maryland, in 1784; died there, 8 February, 1848. He entered the navy as midshipman, 10 October, 1799, cruised in the Mediterranean with Preble in the Tripolitan war in 1804-'5, and received a vote of thanks and sword for his gallant conduct, He was commissioned lieutenant, 2 February, 1807, served on the lakes, was commissioned master-commandant, 24 July, 1813, and commanded the brig "Jefferson" on Lake Ontario in 1814, and the "Erie" and " Independence" in Bainbridge's squadron during and after the Algerine war in 1815-'17. He was made captain, 28 February, 1815, and was flag-officer, commanding the West India squadron, in 1827-'30, protecting the commerce of the United States and suppressing piracy. He was in charge of the Brooklyn navy-yard from 1832 till 1839, served as flag-officer, commanding the Brazil squad-roll from 1840 till 1842, and then on waiting orders until his death in 1848.
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