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CONNER, David, naval officer, born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, in 1792; died in Philadelphia, 20 March, 1856. He entered a counting-house in Philadelphia in 1806, became a midshipman in the navy, 16 January, 1809, and, as acting lieutenant, took part in the action between the "Hornet" and the "Peacock," 24 February, 1813. Charged with the duty of removing the prisoners, Lieutenant Conner was among the last to leave the sinking vessel. On 24 July, 1813, he became a lieutenant, and remained in the "Hornet" under Capt. Biddle. In the action with the " Penguin," 23 March, 1815, he was dangerously wounded, and for his gallantry was presented with a medal by congress, and the legislature of Pennsylvania unanimously voted him a sword. He was promoted to the rank of commander on 3 March, 1825, and to that of captain on 3 March, 1835. He commanded the squadron on the West India station just before the beginning of hostilities with Mexico, and in May, 1846, he sailed from Vera Cruz to San Brazos de Santiago, established a blockade of the Mexican ports on the gulf, and commanded the American squadron on the Mexican coast for two years. In August and October, 1846, two fruitless attempts were made to enter the port of Alvarado, on 14 November, 1846, the port of Tampico was captured by him, and on 9 March, 1847, he directed the landing of the army of General Scott at Vera Cruz, and assisted in the reduction of the fortress of San Juan de Ulloa, but was soon afterward compelled, by the failure of his health, to return home. At the time of his death he was commandant of the Philadelphia navy-yard.
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