Rank(s): Able Seaman
Dates of Service: 6/30/1814 - 6/22/1815
John Smith’s place and date of birth are not known.
Smith was married in 1813. His wife’s name is unknown. They had no children and she died sometime before him, according to a petition to admit Smith to the Naval Asylum later in life.
Smith entered the Navy in 1799 as a boy in the USS George Washington under Captain William Bainbridge. He was aboard when the ship went to the Mediterranean. After the Quasi-war with France ended, Smith sailed as a merchant mariner for several years.
Smith entered USS Constitution as an able seaman on June 30, 1814 at Boston, Massachusetts. He was discharged on June 22, 1815. He served on USS Ontario in 1817 before returning to USS Constitution in 1821.
Battles and Engagements
Smith was on board for the battle with HMS Cyane and HMS Levant.
In 1828, Smith was on USS North Carolina. He was living in Philadelphia in 1838 date and place of death are unknown.