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Charles WILKES

American Charles WILKES

American naval officer and explorer

Source :  Tim DOWLING

Born: on April 03, 1798 in New York City, New York, USA
Died: on February 03, 1877 in Washington, D.C., USA


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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