Charles WILKES

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American Civil War, Mexican-American War, War of 1812, Diver, ocean explorer

AmericanBorn Charles WILKES

American naval officer and explorer

Born on April 03, 1798 in New York City, New York, USA , United States

Died on February 03, 1877 in Washington, D.C., USA

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Wilkes was born in New York City, as the great nephew of the former Lord Mayor of London John Wilkes. His mother was Mary Seton, who died in 1802 when Charles was just three years old. As a result, Charles was raised by his aunt, Elizabeth Ann Seton, who would later convert to Roman Catholicism and become the first American-born woman canonized a saint by the Catholic Church. When Elizabeth was left widowed with five children, Charles was sent to a boarding school, and later attended Columbia College, which is the present-day Columbia University. He entered the United States Navy as a midshipman in 1818, and became a lieutenant in 1826.



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