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An interesting 19th century Navy officer

Uriah P. Levy helped end flogging in the Navy, suffered from anti-Semitic attacks, and was court-martialed six times (he disliked being insulted).

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Uriah P. Levy helped end flogging in the Navy, suffered from anti-Semitic attacks, and was court-martialed six times (he disliked being insulted). He was demoted once, and dismissed from the Navy once, but was reinstated, and wound up as the American commander in the Mediterranean. At age 61 he married a teenager.

You don’t get careers like that these days.

 

Uriah P. Levy helped end flogging in the Navy, suffered from anti-Semitic attacks, and was court-martialed six times (he disliked being insulted). He was demoted once, and dismissed from the Navy once, but was reinstated, and wound up as the American commander in the Mediterranean. At age 61 he married a teenager.

You don’t get careers like that these days.

My daughter, a graduate student in American history, brought his story to my attention.

To top it off, she notes, he bought the home of his hero, Thomas Jefferson, and sought to restore it.

Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons

Thomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military from 1991 to 2008 for the Wall Street Journal and then the Washington Post. He can be reached at ricksblogcomment@gmail.com. Twitter: @tomricks1

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