Samuel Nicholas, the First Marine Officer
ON November 28, 1775, the date of the issuance of the Rules for the Regulation of the Navy, and eighteen days after the passage of the Resolution in the Continental Congress establishing a Marine Corps, a commission as Captain of Marines was made out to Samuel Nicholas, of Pennsylvania, and signed by John Hancock, President of the Continental Congress. It was the first commission issued to any one in the Continental Naval Service, antedating even those of Esek Hopkins and John Paul Jones. This commission is still in existence and is in the possession of Mr. C. F.
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