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GLASSON, ,John ,l., naval officer, born in New York city; died there, 12 March, 1882. He was appointed midshipman, 1 February, 1823, and in that year served under Commander Porter in the suppression of piracy in the West Indies. In 1837 he received the commission of lieutenant, and commanded the schooner "Falcon," of the Home squadron, in the attack on Vera Cruz in 1848. He was also engaged in the rescue of 120 inhabitants of the town of Valladolid, Yucatan, which was burned and sacked by the Indians in an insurrection. While in these waters he aided the French bark " L'Asie de Dunkirk " in a perilous position off the harbor of Aguador. He commanded the store-ship "Lexington," in Perry's Japan expedition, in 1853-'4, was appointed commander in 1855, and stationed at New Bedford, Massachusetts, from 1861 till 1863. He was retired in October, 1864, but was in the navy yard at Norfolk, Virginia, in charge of stores for the supply of the Coast squadron in the Atlantic, and the flotilla force in the Chesapeake from 1864 till 1866. He was made commodore on the retired list, 4 April, 1867.
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