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Horatio Hornblower is the principal character in a series of books by C. S. Forester (later made into both a film and a TV series. He served in the Royal Navy during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars.
Career: Midshipman Justinian, Midshipman Indefatigable, Lieutenant Renown, Commanger Hotspur, Captain Atropos, Captain Lydia, Captain Sutherland, Commodore Baltic Squadron, Commodore Le Harve blockade, Governor of Le Harve, Rear Admiral and Commander-in-Chief of the West Indies.
Since the death of C. S. Forester some other authors have also written books featuring this character.