John Paul Jones (born John Paul; July 6, 1747 – July 18, 1792) was the United States' first well known naval commander in the American Revolutionary War, and yet the details of his extraordinary career are little known. His fame, in the broad sense of enduring interest, ranks with that of Washington, Franklin, Jefferson, Hamilton, A dams, and Robert Morris; and, in his own particular province, he stands absolutely alone.
To the average student of American history, mention of our Revolutionary Navy instantly suggests the name of Paul Jones, and no other. Yet, notwithstanding such singular distinction as a generality, but little is correctly known in detail as to the actual life and the real character of the man. The daily lives, the individual incidents, and the personal characters of our other very great men in that epoch are as open books. These men spent their lives in our country, and after they had passed away the materials for their histories were left in friendly hands. The reverse was true of Paul Jones. This is one of the rare books written about the life and achievements of this historical figure.