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John Drake Sloat
Date: 1781 - 1867
Remarks: John Drake Sloat was a career naval officer. He served on the Frigate "United States" during the war of 1812, recieved his first command in 1823, and was ultimately made commander of the Pacific Squadron in 1844. During the Mexican-American War, it was Sloat who proclaimed U.S. annexation of California and took possession of San Francisco.