David Porter
David Porter
Historical Figure
Nationality: United States
Date of Birth: 1780
Date of Death: 1843
Cause of Death: Natural Causes
Occupation: Sailor, Diplomat
Affiliations: United States Navy; Mexican Navy
Trail of Glory
POD: March 27, 1814
Appearance(s): 1812: The Rivers of War
Type of Appearance: Direct
David Porter (1780–1843) was naval officer in both the the United States Navy and later the commander-in-chief of the Mexican Navy. Porter saw service during the Quasi-War (1798-1800) between France and the United States. He later distinguished himself during the War of 1812 by capturing the first British warship. In March, 1814, he was forced to surrender his ship off the coast of Chile after a battle left his ship unable to offer resistance.

After launching an unauthorized invasion of Puerto Rico in 1825, he faced court-martial and resigned from the U.S. Navy. He entered the Mexican Navy, and served as its commander-in-chief from 1826-29. He returned home and eventually entered dipomatic service.

David Porter in Trail of GloryEdit

In August, 1814, when it was learned that the British attack on the United States Capitol had been repelled, Captain David Porter agreed to lead a relief column to the Capitol at the request of Secretary of War John Armstrong, a plan that was approved of by President James Madison.

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