David Curtis DeForest (1774 - 1825)

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About David Curtis DeForest

David Curtis De Forest was an American merchant and sailor, who went to Buenos Aires and became a privateer, though some thought him a pirate. He left $5,000 to Yale University, hence Yale's DeForest Scholarship. Both his and his wife's portraits hang in the Yale Art Gallery.

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Yale's website says (2010):

"The DeForest Family Papers chronicle the movements of David Curtis de Forest (1774-1825), a Yankee merchant and privateer. He lived in the Rio de la Plata area from 1801 to 1817, Argentina's late colonial and revolutionary periods, and then served as the new nation's first consul to the United States from 1817 to 1822. De Forest's papers depict the Rio de la Plata's commercial and political history during his years there, as well as the mechanics and diplomatic implications of United States' privateering during Latin American wars of independence. The papers of another Yankee merchant, Henry Hill, document his efforts to sell arms and ammunition to South American revolutionaries in 1817, and his service as the United States vice-consul to Valparaiso, Chile."

Also see, in Yale U. Library: De Forest family papers, 1798-1889 (inclusive), 1798-1825 (bulk).

Description: 4.50 linear ft.


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