Born in Newcastle County, Delaware. In 1800 he entered the navy as a midshipman. Married Lucy Shaler December 12, 1912. He served with Stephen Decatur on the Intrepid during the Tripolitan campaign. He was promoted to lieutenant in 1807 and in 1813 to Master Commandant.
The battle of Lake Champlain occurred September 11, 1814. Macdonough was in command of the Saratoga. He is credited with the victory. He served later in the Mediterranian squadron. He died at sea.
Congress honored Macdonough with a gold medal by resolution October 20, 1814, for the victory on Lake Champlain. The 65 mm medal (Julian NA-15) was by Moritz Furst. Modern copies (USM 513) were produced by the mint.
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