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CONOVER, Thomas A., naval officer, born in New Jersey in 1794; died in South Amboy, New Jersey, 25 September, 1864. He entered the navy as midshipman, 1 Jan°, 1812, his first cruise being on the "Essex," commanded by Capt. David Porter, during the war with England. His next service was under Com. McDonough on Lake Champlain. He was pro-rooted to a lieutenancy, 5 March, 1817, and served on board the " Guerriere" in the Mediterranean, and other vessels in various portions of the world until his promotion to commander, 28 February, 1838, in which capacity he commanded the sloop-of-war "John Adams" some years. He was promoted to the rank of captain, 2 October, 1848, and in 1857-'8 commanded the squadron on the coast of Africa, the "Constitution" being his flag-ship. On 16 July, 1862, on the creation of the grade of commodore in the navy, he was promoted to that rank and placed on the retired list, having been in the service fifty-three years.
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