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John Paul Jones
Date: 1747 - 1792
Remarks: John Paul was the son of John Paul of Scotland. He began his naval experience aboard merchant and slaver ships. In 1769, he commanded his first merchant ship, which sailed from Scotland to the West Indies. In 1773, he arrived in Virginia, where his brother lived and later added the name Jones. John Paul Jones received a lieutenant's commission in the Revolutionary navy in 1775, and was given command of the "Alfred" during the outbreak of the Revolutionary war. He was then promoted to Captain the following year. His greatest victory was as commander of the "Bonhomme Richard" when it defeated the British "Serapis" in 1779. Captain Jones, He later left the Navy and America, when he was appointed rear admiral of, the Russian navy, during the reign of Catherine the Great (1788-1790). He travelled the world, marketing his military, naval, and leadership experiences to make himself a sought, after naval commander.