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HENRY, John, British naval officer, born 28 September, 1731; died in Rolvenden, Kent, 6 August, 1829. He entered the navy about 1744, was a 1st lieutenant at the capture of Havana, and in November, 1777, was promoted to captain for gallantry at Mud island, in the Delaware river. In May, 1778, he aided in destroying American vessels in the Chesapeake, among them the frigates " Washington" and " Effingham," nine large merchantmen, and twenty-three brigs. He distinguished himself in the " Towey" in 1779, as commander of the naval force at Savannah, when it was attacked by D'Estaint, and in 1804 became an admiral.
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