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SALTER, William D., naval officer, born in New York city in 1794; died in Elizabeth, New Jersey, 3 January, 1869. He entered the navy as midshipman on 15 November, 1809, was attached to the frigate "Constitution" under Commander Isaac Hull during the action with the British frigate "Guerriere," on 19 August, 1812, and was the last survivor of those who participated in that action. He became lieutenant on 9 December, 1814, was made master-commandant on 3 March, 1831, captain on 3 March, 1839, and commodore on the retired list on 16 July, 1862. He was in command of the Brooklyn navy-yard in 1856-'9, and in 1863 was on a commission to examine vessels, from which duty he was relieved in 1866.
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