Jonathan Mayhew Wainwright (1821–1863)
|Jonathan Mayhew Wainwright II|
July 27, 1821|
New York City
|Died||January 1, 1863
off Galveston, Texas
|Allegiance||United States of America|
|Service/branch||United States Navy|
|Years of service||1837-1863|
|Commands held||Harriet Lane|
|Battles/wars||American Civil War|
He entered the United States Navy on June 30, 1837, as a midshipman. He attended the naval school at Philadelphia in 1842-43, and became a passed midshipman, 29 June 1843. He was appointed acting-Master, 10 November 1849, and commissioned Lieutenant, 17 September 1850. He was on special duty at Washington in 1861.
He commanded the Harriet Lane, Admiral David Dixon Porter's flagship in Farragut's fleet, in the Battle of Forts Jackson and St. Philip, and took part in operations below Vicksburg. He was killed in an attack upon Confederate forts in the Battle of Galveston on January 1, 1863.
Wainwright married and had four children including Jonathan Wainwright, Jr. and Robert Powell Page Wainwright. His daughter Marie, later Mrs. Louis James, attained some reputation as an actress. His grandson, Jonathan Mayhew Wainwright IV, was a prominent general during World War II.
Three ships have been named USS Wainwright for Jonathan and some of his relatives.
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- This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships.
- Wilson, James Grant; Fiske, John, eds. (1889). "Wainwright, Jonathan Mayhew". Appletons' Cyclopædia of American Biography. New York: D. Appleton
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