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HITCHCOCK, Robert B., naval officer, born in Connecticut, 25 September, 1803. He was appointed midshipman in the United States navy in 1825, promoted lieutenant in 1835, commander in 1855, captain in 1861, commodore in 1862, and retired in 1865. He commanded the steam sloop "Susquehanna," of the Western Gulf squadron, in 1862-'3, and was senior officer of the blockading fleet off Mobile. He was on ordnance duty in 1864-'5, was commandant of the Boston navy yard in 1866, and was then retired from the service.
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