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LITTLE, George, naval officer, born in Marshfield, Massachusetts, 10 April, 1754; died in Weymouth, Massachusetts, 22 July, 1809. Soon after the beginning of the Revolutionary war he had command of the "Boston," an armed vessel belonging to Massachusetts, and in 1779 he was 1st lieutenant of the "Protector." He was captured by a British frigate, but scaled the walls of his prison at Plymouth, England, and returning to the United States obtained command of the sloop-of-war "Winthrop," in which he cruised with success during the remainder of the war. In 1798 he was appointed to the command of the United States frigate " Boston," and he was made a captain in the navy, 4 March, 1799, capturing several armed French ships, among them "Le Berceau" after a severe conflict. He was discharged from the service under the peace establishment, 22 October, 1801, and retired to his farm at Weymouth. He is the author of "The American Cruiser" (Boston), and "Life on the Ocean, or Twenty Years at Sea" (1844-'5).
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