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POWELL, Levin, soldier, born in Loudoun county, Virginia, in 1738; died in Bedford, Pennsylvania, 6 August, 1810. He served throughout the Revolution as an officer of the Virginia line, rising to the rank of lieutenant-colonel. He was a member of the Virginia convention of 1788 that ratified the United States constitution, and in 1798 was elected to congress as a Federalist, declining re-election for a second term. It is recorded in the newspapers of that date that "Gem Washington, on the day of election, mounted his old iron-gray charger and rode ten miles to the county court-house to vote for his brave fellow-soldier, Lieutenant-Colonel Powell, who is happily elected."--His son, Levin Nyne, naval officer, born in Loudoun county, Virginia, in 1800; died in Washington, D.C., 15 January, 1885, was appointed midshipman in the United States navy in 1817, became lieutenant in 1826, was in several engagements against the Seminole Indians in 1836-'7, was wounded on Jupiter river in January of the latter year, and received the thanks of congress for his services during that campaign. He became commander in 1843, was on ordnance duty till 1849, and was executive officer of the Washington navy-yard in 1851-'4. He became captain in 1855, was retired in 1861, commissioned commodore in 1862, and rear-admiral in 1869.
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