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William Driver
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Birth: Mar. 17, 1803
Death: Mar. 3, 1886

Mariner, Patriot. Born in Salem, Massachusetts, at age 13, he ran away from home to be a cabin boy on a sailing ship. At 21, he qualified as a master mariner and was licensed to sail a ship. As Captain of his own ship, his mother sewed an American flag which he nicknamed "Old Glory" and hoisted on the main mast. Among his sea adventures, he sailed to Australia and twice around the world. In 1831, departed Salem on a voyage to the South Pacific which included the escort of sixty-five descendants of the Bounty survivors from Tahiti back to their home on Pitcairn Island. He left the sea in 1837, moved to Nashville and became a salesman for various Nashville businesses. Every holiday, he displayed "Old Glory" outside his house. During the Civil War, Driver remained loyal to the Union and sewed "Old Glory" into a quilt for safekeeping. When the Union Army occupied Nashville, he gave the flag to the troops to be flown for a short time over the State Capitol. (bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) 
 
Burial:
Nashville City Cemetery
Nashville
Davidson County
Tennessee, USA
GPS (lat/lon): 36.14683, -86.76981
 
Created by: Tim Hammer
Record added: Jul 17, 2001
Find A Grave Memorial# 5618144
William Driver
Added by: John "J-Cat" Griffith
 
William Driver
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William Driver
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- Ernest Sharpe Jr
 Added: Jan. 26, 2013

- bobby goforth
 Added: May. 24, 2012
Greetings Captain Driver...may your story be forever told !
- Paul in CA
 Added: Aug. 19, 2011
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