Lt. Presley N. O'Bannon, USMC

Signs of History
First American to raise U.S. flag on foreign soil at Battle of Derne on shores of Tripoli, April 27, 1805.  Led attack that overcame Barbary Coast pirates who were holding 180 American seamen for ransom.  O'Bannon came to Logan County in 1807.  Served in State Legislature 1812, 17, 20-21, and Senate 1824-26.  Died in 1850.  Remains moved to Frankfort, 1920.

Photograph courtesy of Dave Redden. (03/15/01)

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