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Charles Wilkes (1798–1877)

Wilkes, Charles. An American admiral, explorer, and scientist; born in New York, 1798; died at Washington, DC, Feb. 8, 1877. In command of an exploring expedition, he visited South America, the Fiji, Samoan, Hawaiian, and other islands in the Pacific, the Antarctic regions, the western coast of North America, etc.; captured the Confederate commissioners Mason and Slidell, on the British steamer Trent (1861); became commodore in 1862, and admiral in 1866. He wrote a ‘Narrative’ of his expedition (6 vols., 1845); ‘Western America’ (1849); etc.