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John Paul Jones - Full Dress by CdreJohnPaulJones John Paul Jones - Full Dress by CdreJohnPaulJones
John Paul Jones (July 6, 1747–July 18, 1792) was America's first well-known naval hero in the American Revolutionary War. John Paul Jones was born "John Paul" in 1747, on the estate of Arbigland in the Stewarty of Kirkcudbright on the southern coast of Scotland. John Paul's father was a gardener at Arbigland, and his mother was a member of Clan MacDuff.

John Paul adopted the alias John Jones when he fled to his brother's home in Fredericksburg, Virginia in 1773 in order to avoid the hangman's noose in Tobago after an incident when he was accused of murdering a sailor under his command. He began using the name John Paul Jones as his brother suggested during the start of the American Revolution.

Though his naval career never rose above the rank of Captain (Commodore is a title for Captains with Admiral's authority.) in the Continental Navy after his victory over the Serapis (50) with the frigate Bonhomme Richard (44), John Paul Jones remains the first genuine American Naval hero, and a highly regarded battle commander. His later service in the Russian Navy as an Admiral showed the mark of genius that enabled him to defeat the Serapis.

Jones simply was not as good a politician as he was a naval commander, in an era where politics determined promotion, both in America and abroad. Though he was originally buried in Paris, after spending his last years abroad, he was ultimately reinterred at the United States Naval Academy, a fitting homecoming for the "Father of the American Navy."

During his engagement with Serapis, Jones uttered the legendary reply to a British officer's surrender request, "I have not yet begun to fight!"

You see here the Full Dress uniform of John Paul Jones. On his left lapel is the Order of Military Merit and on his hip the sword awarded to him by Louis of France.
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TurqoiseCat Featured By Owner May 8, 2010
Thanks 2 ur drawing my sis can do a project about him sooo now she knows what 2 do 4 her biography project!!! :)
CdreJohnPaulJones Featured By Owner May 8, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
No problem. :)

I would also suggest consulting a reliable source. What I have posted here is accurate, but I am not an accredited source. Try to find an official US Navy website with his bio or another historical biographical source.
Messenger-Of-Chaos Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I have not yet begun to sketch!

Nice drawing.

CdreJohnPaulJones Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ha ha ha! Thanks! :D
ColonelLiamRoss Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2007  Professional Artisan Crafter
Lookin' spiffy, Commodore! I still really admire your work with coloured pencils. Thanks for the bit of history too - it really adds to things. So how did you get interested in Jones in the first place?
CdreJohnPaulJones Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
If he and I were alive at the same time... I'd be his long lost twin. Our personalities, political viwes, physical looks, and career choices are very similar. And he's sorta like Nelson is to the English... he's their greatest sea hero.
ColonelLiamRoss Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2007  Professional Artisan Crafter
LOL I've said the same thing about myself and James Wolfe. The similarities there freak me out a bit, especially when I was researching for my book on him last summer. Strangeness. It's still wicked cool, though.
CdreJohnPaulJones Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Indeed. Ha ha ha! :D
LordDebahno Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2007   Traditional Artist
Goldenspring Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2007  Student Artisan Crafter
Oh! Oh! first comment (sorry)

Very nice job. As always, I'm loving the clothes pics. (this is great refrance if I ever figure out how to draw cartoons.;))
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