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Whoever can surprise well must conquer.




John Paul Jones, 1747-1792, Naval Commander, Letter to the American Commissioners to France, February 10, 1778

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John Paul Jones
John Paul Jones
  • Born: July 6, 1747
  • Died: July 18, 1792
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Soldier

John Paul Jones was the United States' first well-known naval commander in the American Revolutionary War. He made many friends and enemies—who accused him of piracy—among America's political elites, and his actions in British waters during the Revolution earned him an international reputation which persists to this day. As such, he is sometimes referred to as the "Father of the American Navy" (a sobriquet he shares with John Barry and John Adams).

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