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FARQUHAR, Norman von Heldreieh, naval officer, born in Pottsville. Pennsylvania, 11 April 1840. He was graduated at the U. S. naval academy in 1859, became a lieutenant in 1861, a lieutenant commander in 1865, and a commander in 1872. In 1862'3 he was executive officer of the steamer "Mahaska," of the: North Atlantic squadron, and during that period frequently engaged the enemy both afloat and in expeditions on shore. As executive officer of the "Santiago de Cuba" he took part in both attacks on Fort Fisher, N. C., and led the men of that vessel in the successful assault on the fort of 15 January 1865. He was commandant of cadets at the U. S. naval academy in 1881'6, and in the latter )ear was promoted captain.
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