By Arif Patani, Naval History and Heritage Command, Communication and Outreach Division
Thomas Jefferson – the author of the Declaration of Independence, the Nation’s first Secretary of State, second Vice President of the United States, and the third President of the United States – is one of America’s founding fathers and greatest patriots.
On what would be his 273rd birthday, we take a look at his legacy with the Navy and the vessels fortunate enough to carry his name.
Jefferson’s name is associated with the Navy as far back as the Articles of Confederation and in his involvement during the Barbary Wars and victory over the Barbary pirates.
The first ship Jefferson was a schooner purchased in 1802 by the United States Revenue Cutter Service (USRCS) and stationed at Norfolk, Va. The second Jefferson, a Brigantine, was built at Sackett’s Harbor, N.Y., and launched April 7, 1814. The third Jefferson, another schooner, was built for USRCS in 1833 and placed under orders of the Secretary of the Navy for service against the Seminole Indians in in 1836.
USS Thomas Jefferson (SSBN-618) was a ballistic missile submarine.
Happy Birthday, Mr. President!
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