Jonathan Cowdery (1767 - 1852)

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He was appointed a surgeon's mate in the Navy on January 1,1800 and he lived to be the oldest officer in service. A review of his life is not without interest to the medical officer of today for earlier in his career he took part in the war with Tripoli, was taken prisoner on the occasion of the loss of the U.S. frigate Philadelphia, and held captive by Tripoli for over a year and a half, during which time he kept a journal which throws much light on a historical event almost forgotten.

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