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ALLEN, William Henry, naval officer, born in Providence, Rhode Island, 21 October 1784; died 15 August 1813. He entered the navy as midshipman in 1800, was 3d lieutenant of the "Chesapeake" when she struck her colors to the British frigate "Leopard" in 1807, and drew up the letter of the officers to the secretary of the navy urging the trial of Captain James Barron for neglect of duty. He became 1st lieutenant of the frigate " United States" in 1809, and gained distinction in the action with the "Macedonian," 25 October 1812; in 1813 he was made master-commandant, and carried Mr. Craw-ford to France in the "Argus," and then harassed British commerce until he encountered the brig "Pelican," of the British navy, 14 August 1813. In the ensuing severe combat he was mortally wounded and his vessel captured. Allen street, New York, was named in his honor.
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