Elie Augustus Frederick La Vallette (3 May 1790 – 18 November 1862) was one of the first rear admirals appointed in the United States Navy when President Abraham Lincoln created the rank in July 1862.
La Vallette was born in Alexandria, Virginia, to a distinguished family of French origin. at age 10 La Vallette accompanied his father, a chaplain, on a cruise in Philadelphia, commanded by Stephen Decatur, Sr.. After merchant marine service, be entered the Navy during the War of 1812. As acting lieutenant in Saratoga during the Battle of Lake Champlain, 11 September 1814, he distinguished himself, winning promotion and a medal.
He commanded Congress during the Mexican-American War, directing operations against Guaymas and Urias 19 to 20 November 1847. In the 1850s he commanded the African, and then the Mediterranean Squadrons.
Four months after his appointment as rear admiral, he died in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Namesakes and honors
Two ships have been named USS La Vallette for him.
The Borough of Lavallette, New Jersey was named in his honor and was co-founded by his son Albert T. Lavallette.
- This article includes text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships.