Isaac Chauncey

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Isaac Chauncey
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Born(1772-02-20)February 20, 1772
Black Rock, Province of Connecticut, British America
DiedJanuary 20, 1840(1840-01-20) (aged 67)
Washington, D.C., U.S.
Place of burial
Congressional Cemetery Washington, D.C.
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Navy
Years of service1798–1840
Commands held
Other workPresident of the Board of Navy Commissioners (1837-40)

Isaac Chauncey (February 20, 1772 – January 27, 1840)[1][2][3] was an officer in the United States Navy who served in the Quasi-War, The Barbary Wars and the War of 1812. In the latter part of his naval career he was President of the Board of Navy Commissioners.


Chauncey, born in Black Rock, Connecticut, was appointed a lieutenant in the Navy from 17 September 1798. He fought with gallantry in the West Indies during the Quasi-War with France; in the Mediterranean during the First Barbary War; and commanded John Adams (1804–5), Hornet (1805–6), Washington and the Mediterranean Squadron (1815–1820). He was promoted to captain in 1806.

Perhaps his most outstanding service was during the War of 1812 when he commanded the naval forces on Lake Ontario, conducting amphibious operations in cooperation with the Army, and containing the British fleet under the command of Sir James Yeo stationed there.[4] He also served twice as commandant of the New York Naval Shipyard. In May 1829, while in command of the shipyard, Chauncey led a series of searches for the body of George Washington Adams, who committed suicide by jumping from the deck of the steamship Benjamin Franklin.[5]

His last service was as member, and, for four years, President, of the Board of Navy Commissioners. Commodore Chauncey died in Washington, on 27th of January, 1840.



  1. ^ Wikisource Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Chauncey, Isaac" . Encyclopædia Britannica. 6 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. p. 18.
  2. ^ Spencer Tucker. Almanac of American Military History. 1. p. 482. Retrieved 2016-06-28.
  3. ^ "Isaac Chauncey (1772-1840)". NY History. Retrieved 2016-06-28.
  4. ^ Marsh, Ruth (October 1942). "War on Lake Ontario: 1812–1815" (PDF). IV (4). Rochester Public Library: 6–19. Retrieved 2009-01-20.
  5. ^ Kaplan, Fred (2014). John Quincy Adams: American Visionary. New York, NY: HarperCollins. p. 441. ISBN 9780061915413.


Further reading

  • Dudley, William S.; Cogar, William B., Ed. (1989) "Commodore Isaac Chauncey and U.S. Joint Operations on Lake Ontario, 1813–14."
    In New Interpretations in Naval History: Selected Papers From the Eighth Naval History Symposium
    Naval Institute Press, Annapolis.
  • Hickey, Donal R. (1989). The War of 1812, A Forgotten Conflict. Chicago:
    University of Illinois Press, Chicago and Urbana. ISBN 0-252-01613-0.
  • Paine, Ralph Delahaye (2010) [1920]. The fight for a free sea: a chronicle of the War of 1812.
    Yale University Press, New Haven, 1920. p. 235. ISBN 1-59114-362-4.

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This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships.