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LEROY, William Edgar, naval officer, born in New York, 24 March, 1817. He became a midshipman, 11 January, 1832, and lieutenant, 13 July, 1843, served in the Mediterranean on Commander Isaac Hull's flagship the "Ohio," was afterward attached to the steamer "Princeton," and took part in the engagement with Mexican soldiers at Rio Aribiqua in 1847. After promotion to commander. 1 July, 1861, he was assigned to the steamer "Keystone State," of the South Atlantic squadron, with which he was at the capture of Fernandina, Florida, in 1862, and in an engagement with iron-clads off Charleston, South Carolina, in January, 1863. He commanded the steam-sloop "Oneida," of the Western Gulf squadron, in 1864, and the "Ossipee" in the same year. "In the latter vessel he received the surrender of the Confederate ram "Tennessee," in the battle of Mobile Bay. He was made captain, 25 July, 1866, commodore in July, 1870, and rear-admiral, 5 April, 1874, and in 1876 commanded the South Atlantic station. On 20 March, 1884, he was placed on the retired list. Admiral Leroy is familiarly known as "the Chesterfield of the Navy."
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