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POPE, John, naval officer, born in Sandwich, Massachusetts, 17 December, 1798; died in Dorchester, Massachusetts, 14 January, 1876. He was appointed from Maine to the navy as midshipman, 30 May, 1816, and was promoted lieutenant, 28 April, 1826, commander, 15 February, 1843, and captain, 14 September, 1855. As lieutenant he saw service in the frigate "Constitution," of the Mediterranean squadron, and subsequently in the West India and Brazil squadrons. He commanded the brig "Dolphin" on the coast of Africa in 1846-'7, and the "Vandalia" in the East Indies in 1853-'6. He had charge of the Boston navy-yard in 1850, and of the Portsmouth navy-yard in 1858-'60. In 1861 he commanded the steam-sloop "Richmond," of the Gulf squadron. He was a prize-commissioner in Boston in 1864-'5, and lighthouse inspector in 1866-'9. On 21 December, 1861, he was placed on the retired list, and he was promoted commodore, 16 July, 1862. Commander Pope passed twenty-one years at sea, and was for seventeen years and eleven months engaged in shore duty.
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