Tobias Lear and the Barbary Wars
John Langdon and Tobias Lear were "sons of Portsmouth" who went on to serve with distinction in the early years of the United States. It is believed that Langdon introduced Lear to George Washington and recommended him to serve as Washington's private secretary. Join Harrie Slootbeek, collections and exhibits manager of the U.S.S. Constitution Museum, as he presents a fascinating look into Lear's post-Washington career as Consul General to the North African coast during the Barbary Wars and his role in negotiating the 1805 Treaty of Tripoli. Refreshments are provided.