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Michael Augustine Healy (September 22, 1839 – August 30, 1904) was an American captain in the United States Revenue Cutter Service (predecessor of the United States Coast Guard).<ref name="USCG01" />

Following U.S. Secretary of State William H. Seward's Alaska purchase of the vast region in 1867, Healy patrolled the {{safesubst:#invoke:convert|convert}} of Alaskan coastline for more than 20 years, earning great respect from the natives and seafarers alike. After commercial fishing had depleted the whale and seal populations, his assistance with introduction of Siberian reindeer helped prevent starvation among the native Alaskans.<ref name=USCG02>CGC Healy History, USCGC HEALY (WAGB-20), U.S. Coast Guard</ref>

Nicknamed "Hell Roaring Mike," Healy has been identified as the first man of African-American descent to command a ship of the United States government. He identified as white Irish American during his lifetime, as he was majority white in ancestry and grew up in Irish Catholic culture.<ref name=Powell64-66>Powell, A.D.; "Passing for Who You Really Are: Essays in Support of Multiracial Whiteness", Backintyme Publishers, pp 64–66</ref> The author Jack London was inspired by his command of the USRC Bear. Commissioned in 1999, the USCGC Healy was named in his honor.<ref name="USCG02" />


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Michael Augustine Healy (September 22, 1839 – August 30, 1904) was an American captain in the United States Revenue Cutter Service (predecessor of the United States Coast Guard).<ref name="USCG01" />

Following U.S. Secretary of State William H. Seward's Alaska purchase of the vast region in 1867, Healy patrolled the {{safesubst:#invoke:convert|convert}} of Alaskan coastline for more than 20 years, earning great respect from the natives and seafarers alike. After commercial fishing had depleted the whale and seal populations, his assistance with introduction of Siberian reindeer helped prevent starvation among the native Alaskans.<ref name=USCG02>CGC Healy History, USCGC HEALY (WAGB-20), U.S. Coast Guard</ref>

Nicknamed "Hell Roaring Mike," Healy has been identified as the first man of African-American descent to command a ship of the United States government. He identified as white Irish American during his lifetime, as he was majority white in ancestry and grew up in Irish Catholic culture.<ref name=Powell64-66>Powell, A.D.; "Passing for Who You Really Are: Essays in Support of Multiracial Whiteness", Backintyme Publishers, pp 64–66</ref> The author Jack London was inspired by his command of the USRC Bear. Commissioned in 1999, the USCGC Healy was named in his honor.<ref name="USCG02" />


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Intro  Early life and education  Career  Later life and death  Personal life  Legacy  Notes  Additional reading  

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