Elijah Cobb

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Captain Elijah Cobb

Captain Elijah Cobb (July 4th, 1769 - November 21st, 1848) was an American Sea Captain who was captured by the French in 1794 and was released by the order of Maximilian Robespierre.

Captain Cobb was born in Harwich, Massachusetts on July 4th, 1769. His father died at sea leaving his mother with six children.[1] In 1794 his ship was captured by the French, but Captain Cobb managed to get a private audience with Maximilian Robespierre, the French leader at the time. Captain Cobb was among the 1,000 people who watched his execution by guillotine 10 days later.[2][3]Captain Cobb was later captured during the War of 1812 and imprisoned in Canada.[3] He retired in 1820 and spent the rest of his life on his Brewster, Massachusetts farm until he died in 1848.[1] His home was later visited by Helen Keller and Annie Sullivan and they may have posed for a photograph in the backyard.[4]


  1. ^ a b "Elijah Cobb (1768-1848) - Find A Grave Memorial". www.findagrave.com. Retrieved 2018-08-23.
  2. ^ "Cape Cod Captain Elijah Cobb Meets the French Guillotine and Lives to Tell Of It - New England Historical Society". www.newenglandhistoricalsociety.com. Retrieved 2018-08-23.
  3. ^ a b "Storied Captain Elijah Cobb House A House with History | Page 2 of 5 | Cape Cod LIFE". Cape Cod LIFE. 2016-11-14. Retrieved 2018-08-23.
  4. ^ "Helen Keller's Cape Connection". blogs.capecodonline.com. Retrieved 2018-08-23.