John Paul Jones 1747-1792 American Revolutionary War hero, John Paul Jones, who died in Paris 18 July 1792. His body was missing for a time but his coffin, made of lead, was found in 1905 under a Paris shop that had been built over an old cemetery & his body had been preserved in alcohol. On 26 Jan 1913, he was laid to rest in the crypt of the U.S. Naval Academy Chapel in Annapolis, Md. with a eulogy given by Teddy Roosevelt.