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1795, Aug 201866, Oct 7
a United States Navy commodore, notable in the capture of California during the Mexican–American War but also for causing the USS Princeton disaster of 1844. He was a naval innovator and an early advocate for a propeller-driven, steam-powered navy. Stockton was from a notable political family and also served as a U.S. Senator from New Jersey.
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08/17/1846-U.S. fleet officer Robert F. Stockton annexes California 
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