This is found in the bok: "History of Decatur County" that was purchased at the local library. Let me know if you want more information.
~Nina Anne Kramer~
COMMODORE WILLIAM BAINBRIDGE AND THE FOUNDING OF THE CITY OF BAINBRIDGE
The Man For Whom The County Site of Decatur County Was Named.
"Among the many who have distinguished themselves in the youthful noon of the navy of our country, few have ranked higher than Commodore Bainbridge. By his own merit and exertion, he raised himself from the rank of a common sailor, on a merchantman, to the highest rank in the navy."
"William Bainbridge was born at Princeton, New Jersey, May 7th, 1774, being descended from ancestors of high standing, who had for several generations resided in New Jersey. At the age of fifteen, he was seized with a sudden desire to go to sea, and his importunities prevailing upon his parents, he was placed on board a merchantman sailing from Philidelphia. When only eighteen years of age, he was promoted to the rank of first mate of a vessel in the Holland trade; during the voyage he suppressed a mutiny among the crew, and saved the life of the commander by his own intrepidity and energy of character. For this act of manly conduct, and his great nautical skill, he was appointed captain of the same vessel, at the age of nineteen."
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