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|Alexander James Dallas|
May 15, 1791|
June 3, 1844 (aged 53)|
|Service/||United States Navy|
|Years of service||1805-1844|
|Commands held||West Indies Squadron; Pensacola Navy Yard (1832-1843)|
|Battles/wars||War of 1812; Second Barbary War; Second Seminole War|
Dallas was born on May 15, 1791 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. His father, also named Alexander James Dallas, was the U.S. Secretary of the Treasury under James Madison. His brother, George M. Dallas was Vice President of the U.S. under James K. Polk.
Dallas entered the Navy as a Midshipman in November 1805. He served in the War of 1812, the Second Barbary War, and in the suppression of piracy with the West Indies Squadron. Dallas also established and commanded the Pensacola Navy Yard from 1832 to 1843, and served in the Second Seminole War.