David Porter (1780-1843): Properly David Porter, Jr., not to be confused with his father David Porter Sr., or with David Dixon Porter, all of whom were naval officers. David Porter Jr. entered the U. S. Navy in 1798. He commanded the Essex in the War of 1812, taking various prizes early in the war. In 1813, he took the ship into the Pacific. He was forced to surrender his ship to the Phoebe and Cherub. Although this was not held against him, he had a hard time in his later years with the authorities, going so far as to serve in the Mexican navy for a time.