Humphreys, Joshua

Humphreys, Joshua

(1751–1838) shipbuilder, naval architect; born in Delaware County, Pa. Congress named him to refit eight merchant vessels as the first Continental naval vessels (1775). He was the first naval constructor (1794–1801); he designed five of the first six United States frigates and he personally supervised the building of the USS United States (launched in 1797).
The Cambridge Dictionary of American Biography, by John S. Bowman. Copyright © Cambridge University Press 1995. Reproduced with permission.