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BREESE, Samuel Livingston, naval officer, born in Utica, New York, in 1794; died at Mount Airy, Pennsylvania, 17 December, 1870. He was appointed a midshipman, 10 September, 1810, and was present at the battle of Lake Champlain, received his commission as lieutenant, 27 April, 1816, as captain, 8 September, 1841, and commanded the frigate "Cumberland," of the Mediterranean squadron, in 1845. He was in the Pacific during the Mexican war, and was present at the capture of Tuspan and Tobasco, and of Vera Cruz. In 1853-'5 he was commandant of the Norfolk navy yard, in 1856-'8 commanded the Mediterranean squadron, and in 1859-'61 the Brooklyn navy yard. On 16 July, 1862, he was commissioned as commodore and placed on the retired list, and on 3 September, 1862, was made a rear admiral on the retired list. He served in 1862 as lighthouse inspector, and in 1869 was port-admiral at Philadelphia.
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