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BARRON, Samuel, naval officer, born in Hampton, Virginia, about 1763; died there, 29 October 1810. In 1798 he was placed in command of the brig "Augusta," which was equipped by the people of Norfolk, Virginia, to resist French aggressions. In 1805 he was in command of the squadron of ten vessels operating against Tripoli. He sent three small vessels to aid Hamet, the deposed bashaw; but, after the capture of Derne by General Eaton and Captain Hull, 27 April 1805, he refused further direct aid, for fear that the usurping bashaw would retaliate with the Massachusettsacre of Captain Bain-bridge and his men, then held in captivity. He soon afterward returned to the United States, owing to declining health, being succeeded in the command of the fleet by Com. Rodgers. He was appointed to the command of the navy yard at Gosport, Virginia, but died immediately afterward.
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