James Barron (died 1851): One of the least successful and most maligned officers of the early American navy. In 1807, he commanded the U. S. S. Chesapeake when she was intercepted by the H. M. S. Leopard. The Chesapeake was unready to fight, and after a short conflict in which the Chesapeake was badly damaged and Barron wounded, Barron allowed the British ship to impress four crewmen. After conviction on various charges, he left America, but returned after the War of 1812. He fought a duel with Stephen Decatur and killed America's foremost naval hero. As a result, Barron was even more thoroughly shunned.