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John Rodgers, American naval officer. member National Academy Scis</td><tr><td class="label_burgverd11px"><b>Death</b></td></tr><tr><td> Died Washington, May 5, 1882.

Background

Rodgers, John was born on August 8, 1812 in Sion Hill, Maryland, United States. Son of Captain John and Minerva (Denison) Rodgers.

Education

Attended University of Virginia one year.

Career

Appointed midshipman United States Navy, 1828, passed midshipman, 1834. Commander in Wave, then Jefferson in Seminole War. Commissioned Lieutenant, 1840.

Commanded ship Boxer of Home Squadron, 1842-1844. Ordered to duty with North Pacific Surveying Expedition, 1852, 2d in rank commanding ship John Hancock. Surveyed Liu-Kius, Ladrones and other islands, Hawaiian and Society Islands.

Promoted commander, 1855. In charge of office in Washington (District of Columbia) preparing results of expedition for publication, 1856. Commanded ship Flag, 1861.

Aide to Rear Admiral Samuel Du Pont at Battle of Point Royal (South Carolina.). Commanded ship Galena, 1862. Commissioned captain, 1862.

Served in attack on Fort Sumter, 1863. Promoted to commodore by Congress, 1863. Served in ships Dictator, 1864, Monadnock, 1866-1867.

Commandant Boston Navy Yard, 1866-1869. Commissioned rear admiral, 1869. Commanded Asiatic Squadron as rear admiral, 1870-1872.

President Naval Examining and Retiring bds., 1872-1873. Commandant Mare Island (California) Navy Yard, 1873-1877. Superintendent Naval Observatory, 1877-1882.

Chairman Light House Board, 1878-1882. President United States Naval Institute, Transit of Venus Commission, 1st Naval Advisory Board, Jeannette Relief Board. Charter member National Academy Scis.

Membership

Member National Academy Scis</td><tr><td class="label_burgverd11px"><b>Death</b></td></tr><tr><td> Died Washington, May 5, 1882.

Connections

Married Ann Hodge, November 27, 1857, 3 children.

father:
Captain John Rodgers

mother:
Minerva (Denison) Rodgers

spouse:
Ann Hodge