Birth of Thomas Macdonough
Thomas Macdonough (born McDonough) Jr. was born on December 31, 1783, in New Castle County, Delaware. The town in which he was born was later named McDonough in his honor.
Macdonough worked as a clerk until 1800 when he joined the navy as a midshipman aboard the USS Ganges. His first term of service brought him the West Indies. After the Quasi-War with France ended, Macdonough was assigned to the USS Constellation for service in the Mediterranean Sea.