Captain John Paul Jones
by Jordan Glander
A short time after the Revolutionary War began, Jones was made a first lieutenant in the Continental Navy. He later became the commander of a ship. He impressed the Navy with his military skills and they sent him to England to raid merchant ships.
Jones was successful in his raids on English ships and was soon in charge of 5 Navy ships and 2 French Privateers. During this time the ships sailed around the British Isles attacking British Ports. In September 1779, Jones and his crew fought a very famous battle off the coast of Yorkshire, England. It was during this battle that Jones made his famous quote, "I have not yet begun to fight", after the British asked if he wanted to surrender. the battle continued and Jones won.
After the Revolutionary War, Jones went on to serve in the Russian Navy. He died in Paris in 1792 at the age of 45.
Information from Websites: History.com and navy.mil