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)
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Remembering a true American Patriot! Thank you Captain, for the effort and pride you exhibited in many ways while supporting our nation's strength and independence. May you forever rest in 'glory'. -
GenBuff935 Added: Jun. 14, 2014
Thank you CAPT Driver for your dedication to our country. "Wave On Old Glory, Wave On". (Memorial Day Week-end 2014) -
Claudine Nunez-Newton Added: May. 24, 2014