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CHEW, Robert S., chief clerk of the state department at Washington, born in Virginia in 1811; died in Washington, District of Columbia, 3 August, 1873. He entered the service of the government in his youth, and had served in the state department more than forty years, when he was advanced to the chief clerkship on the appointment of William Hunter as second assistant secretary of state in July, 1866.--His eldest son, Richard S., naval officer, born in the Dis- trict of Columbia, 7 September, 1843; died in Washington, District of Columbia, 10 April, 1875. He was graduated at the naval academy in 1861, commissioned lieutenant, 22 February, 1864, and lieutenant-commander, 25 July, 1866, served on board the frigate " Minnesota," participating in the actions with the " Merrimac" on 8 and 9 April, 1862, being attached to the western gulf blockading squadron in 1863-'4, and being present at the battle of Mobile Bay. On 2 February, 1875, he was retired for disability.
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