Born today was Stephen Decatur
American sea captain and navigator.
He made our early navy strong
And said 'My country, right or wrong.' *
If right, he'd die for it in any fight.
If wrong, he'd always strive to make it right.
One of America's greatest naval heroes, Decatur met an untimely death in a duel with another naval officer. In Illinois his name survives in the centrally-located city of Decatur and in Lake Decatur, the largest lake on the Sangamon River.
*His actual words were: "Our Country! In her intercourse with foreign nations, may she always be in the right, but right or wrong, our Country!"