Lavallette - Admiral Lavallette

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Lavallette - Admiral Lavallette

Rear Admiral Elie A. F. Lavallette served the longest tour of naval duty in American history. It started with the presidency of John Adams and continued into the presidency of Abraham Lincoln, a total of sixty-two years. Born in 1790 in Virginia, he started his navy career at the age of ten. Admiral Lavallette served on many naval ships and had command of the East Indian Squadron and the Mediterranean Squadron. Fifteen years after his death, his children established Lavallette City, also known as Lavallette-by-the-Sea, in his memory. Visitors were brought across Barnegat Bay by the steamer Sallie, named for the Admiral's wife.