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LEVY, Uriah Phillips, naval officer, born in Pennsylvania about 1795; died in New York city, 22 March, 1862. He entered the United States navy in 1812, and was an officer of the brig "Argus," which, escaping the blockade, took out William H. Crawford as minister to France, and destroyed in the English channel twenty-one vessels, one of which had a cargo worth $625,000. On the capture of the " Argus" he was made prisoner and retained for two years. He became lieutenant on 5 March, 1817, commander, 9 February, 1837, and captain, 29 March, 1844. His last cruise was in 1858, as flag officer of the Mediterranean squadron. He was active in the movement to abolish flogging in the navy. He became the owner of "Monticello," the home of Thomas Jefferson, of whom he was an ardent admirer, and this valuable estate, with his stock, dwellings, pictures, etc., was confiscated during the civil war by the Confederates, in consequence of Levy's sympathies with the National government, he published a "Manual of Internal Rules and Regulations for Men-of-War" (3d ed., New York, 1861).
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