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BERRIEN, John M., naval officer, born in Georgia in 1802; died in Philadelphia, 20 November 1883. On receiving his appointment as midshipman he joined the frigate "Constellation," of the West India squadron, in 1827, was subsequently transferred to the frigate " Guerriere," of the Pacific squadron, and then to the sloop "Vincennes." He was promoted to passed midshipman in 1831, and joined the West India squadron, commissioned lieutenant in 1837, and served on various vessels in the Pacific and Brazil stations. In September 1844, he was ordered to the frigate "Potomac,'" and in 1847 commanded the schooner " Bonito " at the capture of the city of Tobasco, Mexico. Lieut. Berrien received his commission as commander, 13 March 1856, and during 1858-'9 was attached to the navy yard at Portsmouth, N. It. In February 1860, he was ordered to Hong-Kong, China, where he took command of the sloop of war "John Adams," was commissioned captain in 1862, and sent to Pittsburghh, Pennsylvania, as assistant inspector of ordnance at the Fort Pitt Works. He commanded at Norfolk, Virginia, in 1865, and was lighthouse inspector in 1866-'9. He was commissioned commodore, 20 September 1866, and in December was placed on the retired list.
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