John H. Dent,
born in Maryland in 1782, was appointed a Midshipman 16 March 1798. He served in Constellation
when she captured the French frigate Insurgente
on 1 February 1799, and after serving in Constitution
in the Mediterranean, commanded the schooners Nautilus
during the Tripolitan War, taking part in the attacks on Tripoli in 1805. He was in command of Hornet
from 1806 to 1808.
Captain Dent died in St. Bartholomew’s Parish, Maryland on 31 July 1823.