The USS President was one of the U.S. Navy's original six frigates ordered by Congress and was built to combat the Barbary Corsairs off the coast of North Africa. Completed in 1800, President was considered to be the fastest ship of her class in the world.
On June 23, 1812, five days after the United
States declared war on Britain, she fell in with HMS Belvedira while
looking for a fight.
In 1815, her next engagement came involuntary against the 50
gun HMS Endymion, when President tried to run an almost year-long blockade
in New York. President had the advantage until HMS Pomone and HMS Tenedos
joined the battle. Outgunned and with fifty of her crew dead or wounded
she struck her colors.
She was broken up at Portsmouth in 1817, after her lines were taken off and used for a new ship of the same name and reputation for speed, HMS President.