John Paul Jones

American Revolution

Who was John Paul Jones?

  • John Paul Jones was a Socttish Sailor in the United States's first well-known naval fighter in the American Revolutionary War.
  • He was born on July 6, 1747 in Kirkcudbrightshire, United Kingdom
  • He died on July 18, 1792 in Paris, France

Background Information

  • His career at sea began at age 13, and by 21 he was the captain of a ship sailing between the West Indies and British ports
  • He joined the Continental Navy during the American Revolution
  • Jones famously announced that he had “I have not yet begun to fight” (his famous quote) during a clash with the British warship Serapis

John Paul Jones During American Revolutionary War

  • Jones was an American Naval Officer in the USS Alfred in 1776, which was a 6-vessel that attacked the English merchant vessel in New Province
  • Raised the First flag over a U.S. Naval vessel aboard the Alfred
  • In 1776 he proposed a mission to plan to destroy the British coal fleet
  • In June of 1777 he was given a command by the USS ranger to help Benjamin Franklin with strategic recommendations

Why was he a Hero?

  • He raided numerous ships and even attacked in British waters
  • He also defeated the greatest Navy of all time, which gave the American Patriots hope of defeating the British

How did he Die

  • He dies in an apartment in Paris, where he was still awaiting a commission as the United States consul to Algiers
  • Jones died of kidney inflammation
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