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Frank M. Faircloth (1820—January 6, 1900) was an American naval officer who served in the Union Navy during the Civil War.

Biography[]

Born near Newark, New Jersey, Frank Faircloth became a sailor at an early age. He participated in the Mexican-American War and the Civil War. In the latter conflict, as the captain of the Boston, he ordered the ship burned to prevent its capture by the Confederate Navy. During the Spanish-American War, Faircloth, at the age of 78, commanded the transport Seguranca. He also served as the captain of a Ward Line steamer. At the time of his death he had the title of Port Captain of the recently captured Cuban city of Santiago.

On Tuesday, January 2, 1900, suffering from a fever, Frank Faircloth returned to his home at 110 Clinton Avenue in Jersey City, New Jersey, where he died the following Saturday night at the age of 79.

References[]

Frank Faircloth obituary (January 8, 1900): The New York Times, page 7. "Santiago Port Captain Dead"

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