A Naval Hero for Capitalism


On January 5, 1779, a future hero for capitalism was born.  As a boy, young Stephen Decatur regularly dove off of the tips of jib booms, and at twelve years old saved his mother from a drunken rogue.  He later joined the U.S. Navy, and protected United States shipping for more than 20 years.  Admiral Lord Nelson called Decatur’s impossible mission to sink the captured USS Philadelphia under Tripoli control, “the most bold and daring act of the age.”  Read more on Landmarks of Liberty

E. Wesley – Mackinac Center Intern

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