During the War of 1812, he served in the frigate President and took part in the engagements with the British ships Little Belt and Belvedere. He subsequently served in Spark in the campaign against Algerian corsairs and later, while attached to Hornet with the West India Squadron, participated in the capture of the slaver Moscow.
During the Mexican War, he commanded the ship-of-the-line Ohio and took part in the attack on Vera Cruz. Commissioned Rear Admiral in July 1862, his Civil War service included command of the North Atlantic Blockading Squadron.
Rear Admiral Stringham died in Brooklyn, N.Y., on 7 February 1876.