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COLHOUN, John, naval officer, born in Pennsylvania in 1802; died in New York City, 30 November, 1872. He entered the navy as midshipman, 25 January, 1821, became a passed midshipman, 24 May, 1828, a lieutenant, 27 May, 1830; a commander, 4 November, 1852, was retired in October, 1864, and subsequently pro-rooted to the rank of commodore, 4 April, 1867. He served on the store-ship "Supply," at Vera Cruz, during the Mexican war, commanded the sloop "Portsmouth" on the coast of Africa in 1859-'61, brought the frigate "St. Lawrence" home from Key West, in 1863, and after his retirement served as light-house inspector in 1866-'7.
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