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DE HAVEN, Edwin J., arctic explorer, born in Philadelphia in 1819; died there, 2 October 1865. He was a midshipman when only ten years of age, and after thirty-six years of naval service was placed upon the retired list on account of his impaired vision. His last cruise was completed in 1857, when he resigned. He served in Wilkes's exploring expedition from 1839 till 1842, and commanded the first expedition fitted out, at the expense of Henry Grinnell, of New York, to search for Sir John Franklin. It consisted of two small vessels the "Advance," of 140, and the "Rescue," of 90 tons. This expedition, of which Dr. Kane has written so graphically, left New York, 24 May 1850, and was absent over sixteen months, wintering in the Arctic circle. On his return, Lieutenant De Haven was employed in the coast survey, and in the national observatory under Lieutenant Maury.
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