Jones, John Paul, House

Also known as: Purcell--Jones--Langdon House
Middle and State Sts., Portsmouth, New Hampshire

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Description 

For two years (1781-1782), this large rectangular 2-1/2 story wood boardinghouse was the residence of John Paul Jones (1747-1792), Scotish-born American naval officer and hero of the Revolution. When called upon by the English Commander of the SERAPIS to strike his colors, Jones replied "I have not yet begun to fight!" His BONHOMME RICHARD defeated the SERAPIS in the ensuing battle. While here, Jones supervised the construction of AMERICA, a ship of the line for the Continental Navy. -- National Historic Landmark statement of significance, November 28, 1972

National Register information 

Status
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on November 28, 1972
Reference number
72000084
Architectural style
Georgian
Area of significance
Military
Level of significance
National
Evaluation criteria
B - Person
Property type
Building
Historic function
Multiple dwelling
Current function
Museum
Period of significance
1750-1799
Significant years
1781; 1782

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