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What killed Naval hero John Paul Jones?
Date:4/30/2009

The next step in creating Jones as father of the U.S. Navy, according to Dr. Bogle, was the discovery of Jones' body in an abandoned Parisian cemetery. The find came just about the time that President Theodore Roosevelt was looking for a way to garner support for converting the U.S. Navy from a defense-only fleet to an offensive armada. Roosevelt, a naval historian, had previously dismissed Jones as a corsair, an officer who raided commerce. "Enshrining Jones as Father of the Navy provided the president with a useful means to convey the importance of the navy to America's new extended responsibilities," says Dr. Bogle.

As a result, the body of John Paul Jones was brought to the United States amid much fanfare, his remains were placed under the chapel at the U.S. Naval Academy where they repose today and the nation celebrated its new sea power mission.

"We believe these conferences are excellent teaching tools. They help give students a sense of history, show how medical science has evolved over the years and foster an appreciation for good patient diagnosis," says E. Albert Reece, M.D., Ph.D., M.B.A., vice president for medical affairs, University of Maryland, and dean, University of Maryland School of Medicine.


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Contact: Bill Seiler
bseiler@umm.edu
410-328-8919
University of Maryland Medical Center
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