Date of Birth : Jan 5, 1779
Date of Death : Mar 22, 1820
Birth Place : Sinepuxent, Maryland
Stephen Decatur, Jr. was a United States naval officer and Commodore notable for his many naval victories in the early 19th century.
He was born on the eastern shore of Maryland, in Worcester County, the son of a U.S. naval officer who served during the American Revolution. Shortly after attending college, Decatur followed in his father's footsteps and joined the U.S. Navy at the age of nineteen. He was the youngest man to reach the rank of captain in the history of the United States Navy. Decatur's father, Stephen Decatur, Sr., also became a commodore in the U.S. Navy – which brought the younger Stephen into the world of ships and sailing early on. Decatur supervised the construction of several U.S. naval vessels, one of which he would later command. He became an affluent member of Washington society and counted James Monroe and other Washington dignitaries among his personal friends.
Decatur joined the U.S. Navy in 1798 as a midshipman. He served under three presidents, and played a major role in the early development of the American navy.