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LA VALETTE, Elie A. F., naval officer, born in Virginia about 1790; died in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 18 November, 1862. He entered the navy as a sailing-master on 25 June, 1812, was commissioned as a lieutenant on 9 December, 1814, promoted commander on 3 March, 1831, and became a captain on 23 February, 1840. He was a favorite with Commander Isaac Hull, and accompanied that officer when he took command of the Mediterranean squadron in 1837. In accordance with the recommendation of the re-tiring-board he was made a rear-admiral on the retired list on 16 July, 1862.
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