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David Porter, Sr.,

Birthdate:
Birthplace: Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, United States
Death: Died in New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Alexander Porter and Elizabeth Porter
Husband of Rebecca Porter
Father of Commodore David Porter, USN; John Porter and Rebecca Culbertson Rosenmuller

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About David Porter, Sr.,

A Patriot of the American Revolution for MASSACHUSETTS with the rank of NAVAL CAPTAIN. DAR Ancestor # A090953

David Porter, Sr. was a commercial sea captain in the Boston area. He was employed by the privateer owner Mungo Mackay, during the war for independence, as a ship captain. Reference: Wikipedia article on Mungo Mackay.

Massachusetts Privateers of the Revolution by Allen notes that Porter was Commander of the privateer American Tartar and the privateer Assurance as well as several other privateers of the time.

Privateers were not official naval vessels. They operated as private enterprises. If a capture of a enemy vessel was made then the captain and crew and owners shared in the resulting profits when the cargo and ship were sold. It was a very profitable business.

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David Porter, Sr.,'s Timeline

1754
April 6, 1754
Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, United States
1780
February 1, 1780
Age 25
1786
May 3, 1786
Age 32
Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, United States
1793
1793
Age 38
1808
June 24, 1808
Age 54
New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana, United States
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