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HUDSON, William Leverreth, naval officer, born in New York, 11 May, 1794; died in Brooklyn, New York, 15 October, 1862. He entered the navy, 1 January, 1816, and became lieutenant, 28 April, 1826; commander, 2 November, 1842; and captain, 14 September, 1855. He took part in Captain Charles Wilkes's exploring expedition, being second in command, and his vessel, the sloop-of-war "Peacock," was lost on the bar at the mouth of Columbia river, owing to the pilot's carelessness. For several years he was commandant of the Brooklyn navy yard. In 1857 he was assigned to the command of the "Niagara." on her first Atlantic cable expedition, and again in 1858, when this effort was successful. For his service on this occasion he received valuable gifts and marks of distinction from the governments of Great Britain and Russia. On his return he was assigned to the command of the Charlestown navy yard. He was retired in August, 1862, and appointed one of the board of light house inspectors, which office he held until his death.
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