Lewis Warrington, an American naval officer, born in Williamsburg, Va., Nov. 3, 1782, died in Washington, D. C, Oct. 12, 1851. He graduated at William and Mary college in 1798, entered the navy as a midshipman in 1800, and served under Commodore Edward Preble in the war with Tripoli. In 1807 he was made a lieutenant, and was attached to the Chesapeake in her rencounter with the British ship of war Leopard on June 22. In July, 1813, he was made master commandant, and in March, 1814, sailed from New York in command of the Peacock, 18. On April 29 he fell in off Cape Canaveral, Florida, with a convoy of British merchantmen under the protection of the Epervier sloop of war, and, after a close conflict at yardarm and yard arm for 42 minutes, captured her with 128 men and £118,000 in specie. At the end of October the Peacock arrived at New York, having captured, principally in the bay of Biscay, 14 British merchantmen. In November, 1814, he was made captain, and sailed from New York, still in command of the Peacock, in the squadron of Commodore Stephen Decatur, jr.
On June 30, 1815, the Peacock, in the strait of Sunda, fell in with the East India company's cruiser Nautilus, Capt. Boyce, and, having no knowledge that peace had been concluded, exchanged broadsides with her, when the Nautilus struck, having six killed and eight wounded. The Peacock sustained no injury. The Nautilus was immediately given up, and the Peacock returned to the United States. Capt. Warrington subsequently commanded a squadron on the West India station. From 1827 to 1830, and from 1840 to 1842, he served as a member of the board of navy commissioners; and in September, 1842, he was appointed chief of the bureau of ordnance.