Talk:Charles Wilkes

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Can someone who knows about this please check the bisexuality comments added by an anon user? Thanks, Mark Richards 22:04, 24 Mar 2004 (UTC)

I know he was not a bisexual. He was married twice. His great grandfather is Israel, the father of John Wilkes, Lord Mayor of London during the Revolutionary era. If they lived in the same era, they would not have seen eye to eye. John Wilkes is my 5th great grandfather and Charles Wilkes is in our family tree as well. He was an artist, a scientist and a mathematician at the Columbia College. He was strict to a fault. He was raised in a Catholic boarding home and his mother was canonized as a saint. She knew that he would become an admiral before the American Navy used this term. She died when he was 3 years old. His aunts were the Seton saints. His childhood story is in a children's biography about the "Seven Seas Exploration Expedition" also known as the Wilkes expedition. The book is written by Cheryl Wolfe. There are more books on him. He was given an honor for finding Antarctica in London but America did not give him the honor.


Copyright question[edit]

When people use an article (Charles Wilkes item # 180118721440) from Wikipedia to sell books on eBay shouldn't they credit Wikipedia for copying so much text verbatum including "[edit]"? I do not refer to a rewriting of information but using the exact same article pasted to sell a product.

Brother Officer 22:04, 18 May 2007 (UTC)

eBay can do basically whatever it wants. ~ Magnus animuM ≈ √∞ 22:08, 18 May 2007 (UTC)

Post-South Seas expedition court-martial[edit]

Many, many years ago the Smithsonian ran an exhibit about Wilkes & his South Seas expedition (maybe it's run one since; I don't know). I recall one post at the exhibit about Congress eliminating funding about two-thirds of the way thru the journey. Word reached Wilkes to return to the States; he refused. (No funding basically meant no supplies in appointed ports.)

When he returned, he was court-martialed, alright, but not so much for the crimes he was accused of but for defying an order of Congress.

Anyone heard anything about this? (talk) 14:49, 16 September 2008 (UTC)

Birth Date[edit]

I believe his birthday may be wrong. The American Philosophical Society has it listed as 1801. — Preceding unsigned comment added by LauraKeller (talkcontribs) 00:12, 5 November 2013 (UTC)

Assessment comment[edit]

The comment(s) below were originally left at Talk:Charles Wilkes/Comments, and are posted here for posterity. Following several discussions in past years, these subpages are now deprecated. The comments may be irrelevant or outdated; if so, please feel free to remove this section.

Start - need to expand out details. There is a fair amount about his trip on the Columbia River in Oregon's history. But generally that section on the expedition could be tripled in size. Expand other areas and introduce footnotes and an infobox that can be found at WP:WPBIO and it would increase to a B article. Aboutmovies 20:48, 25 February 2007 (UTC)

Last edited at 20:48, 25 February 2007 (UTC). Substituted at 11:21, 29 April 2016 (UTC)