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Birthplace: Derby, CT, USA
Death: Died in Philadelphia, PA, USA
Occupation: Commodore in the United States Navy, commanded USS Constitution in victory over HMS Guerriere, awarded Congressional Medal
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About Isaac Hull, (USN)

Isaac Hull (1773 - 1843) was a Commodore in the United States Navy. On August 19, 1812, under Isaac Hull's command, USS Constitution encountered the British frigate HMS Guerriere at sea and pounded her to a wreck in an action that electrified the nation and demonstrated that the small U.S. Navy was a worthy and dangerous opponent for Britain's otherwise overwhelming maritime might. Commodore Hull was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor.

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The following was downloaded 2010 from Wikipedia:

Isaac Hull (March 9, 1773 – February 13, 1843) was a Commodore in the United States Navy.[1]

Contents

   * 1 Biography
   * 2 Namesakes and honors
   * 3 See also
   * 4 References
   * 5 Further reading
   * 6 External links

Biography

Claimed birthplace, Shelton, Connecticut

Isaac Hull was born in Derby, Connecticut (some sources say Huntington, now Shelton, Connecticut, see postcard picture).[2][3][4] Early in life he joined his mariner father, Joseph, on local voyages and longer trips to the West Indies. After his father died while still young, Isaac was adopted by his uncle William Hull, a veteran of the American Revolutionary War.[5][6]

During the mid-1790s, the young Hull commanded several merchant vessels, losing some to French privateers. He was commissioned a Lieutenant in the newly-formed United States Navy in March 1798 and distinguished himself during the next two years while serving on board the frigate Constitution in the Quasi-War with France.

When troubles with the Barbary states heated up in 1802, he went to the Mediterranean as First Lieutenant of the frigate Adams. Hull later commanded the schooner Enterprise and the brig Argus, receiving promotion to the rank of Master Commandant in 1804 and to Captain in 1806. During the next few years, he supervised the construction of gunboats and, in 1809 and 1810, was successively given command of the frigates, Chesapeake, President and Constitution.

Medal awarded to Hull by the United States Congress

Captain Hull's time on the Constitution was eventful. He took the ship on a European cruise in 1811–1812, returning home before the War of 1812 broke out between the United States and Great Britain. An enemy squadron closely pursued his ship off the East Coast in July, but Hull skillfully evaded them. On August 19, 1812, Constitution encountered the British frigate HMS Guerriere at sea and pounded her to a wreck in an action that electrified the Nation and demonstrated that the small U.S. Navy was a worthy and dangerous opponent for Britain's otherwise overwhelming maritime might. Hull commanded the Portsmouth Navy Yard at Kittery, Maine, for the rest of the War of 1812, then briefly served on the Board of Navy Commissioners in Washington, D.C. before taking over leadership of the Boston Navy Yard. During 1823–1827, he commanded the Pacific Squadron operating out of South America. Commodore Hull's next assignment, as Commandant of the Washington Navy Yard, ran from 1829 until 1835. Between 1839 and 1841, he commanded the Mediterranean Squadron.

Rendered unfit for further service by age and ill health, he spent the next two years on leave. Commodore Isaac Hull died in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Portrait of Hull, published in Polythanos, 1814

[edit] Namesakes and honors

The U.S. Navy has named five ships in honor of Isaac Hull, including: USS Commodore Hull (1862-1865); USS Hull (Destroyer #7); USS Hull (DD-330); USS Hull (DD-350); and USS Hull (DD-945).

The Commodore Isaac Hull Memorial Bridge spanning the Housatonic River between Derby and Shelton is named after him.

See also

Biography portal

United States Navy portal

References

  1. ^ "Online Library of Selected Images: People — United States". Department of the Navy — Naval Historical Center. February 25, 2003. http://www.history.navy.mil/photos/pers-us/uspers-h/i-hull.htm. Retrieved 2007-09-19. 
  2. ^ "Isaac Hull". Isaac Hull. MSN Encarta Encyclopedia. 2007. http://encarta.msn.com/encyclopedia_761558627/Isaac_Hull.html. Retrieved 2007-09-18. 
  3. ^ "Congressional Gold Medal Recipients Isaac Hull, Stephen Decatur and Jacob Jones". Congressional Gold Medal.com. http://www.congressionalgoldmedal.com/IsaacHullStephenDecaturJacobJones.htm. Retrieved 2007-09-19. 
  4. ^ "Shelton History Quiz". The Electronic Valley. 1998. http://www.electronicvalley.org/shelton/historyquiz.html. Retrieved 2007-09-18. 
  5. ^ "Biographies in Naval History — Captain Isaac Hull, USN (9 March 1773 - 13 February 1843)". Naval Historical Center. April 27, 2007. http://www.history.navy.mil/bios/hull_isaac.htm. 
  6. ^ prepared by Katherine Benson (1998). "Hull Family Papers, 1825-1998". The Jackson Homestead Manuscript and Photograph Collection. http://www.ci.newton.ma.us/jackson/descriptions/hull.htm. 

Further reading

   * London, Joshua E. Victory in Tripoli: How America's War with the Barbary Pirates Established the U.S. Navy and Shaped a Nation. New Jersey: John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2005. ISBN 0-471-44415-4
   * Maloney, Linda M.. The Captain from Connecticut: The Life and Naval Times of Isaac Hull. Northeastern University Press. ISBN 0-930350-79-0.

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Isaac Hull (March 9, 1773 – February 13, 1843) was a Commodore in the United States Navy.


Isaac Hull was born in Derby, Connecticut (some sources say Huntington, now Shelton, Connecticut, see postcard picture). Early in life he joined his mariner father, Joseph, on local voyages and longer trips to the West Indies. After his father died while still young, Isaac was adopted by his uncle William Hull, a veteran of the American Revolutionary War.

During the mid-1790s, the young Hull commanded several merchant vessels, losing some to French privateers. He was commissioned a Lieutenant in the newly-formed United States Navy in March 1798 and distinguished himself during the next two years while serving on board the frigate Constitution in the Quasi-War with France.

When troubles with the Barbary states heated up in 1802, he went to the Mediterranean as First Lieutenant of the frigate Adams. Hull later commanded the schooner Enterprise and the brig Argus, receiving promotion to the rank of Master Commandant in 1804 and to Captain in 1806. During the next few years, he supervised the construction of gunboats and, in 1809 and 1810, was successively given command of the frigates, Chesapeake, President and Constitution.

Captain Hull's time on the Constitution was eventful. He took the ship on a European cruise in 1811–1812, returning home before the War of 1812 broke out between the United States and Great Britain. An enemy squadron closely pursued his ship off the East Coast in July, but Hull skillfully evaded them. On August 19, 1812, Constitution encountered the British frigate HMS Guerriere at sea and pounded her to a wreck in an action that electrified the Nation and demonstrated that the small U.S. Navy was a worthy and dangerous opponent for Britain's otherwise overwhelming maritime might. Hull commanded the Portsmouth Navy Yard at Kittery, Maine, for the rest of the War of 1812, then briefly served on the Board of Navy Commissioners in Washington, D.C. before taking over leadership of the Boston Navy Yard. During 1823–1827, he commanded the Pacific Squadron operating out of South America. Commodore Hull's next assignment, as Commandant of the Washington Navy Yard, ran from 1829 until 1835. Between 1839 and 1841, he commanded the Mediterranean Squadron.

Rendered unfit for further service by age and ill health, he spent the next two years on leave. Commodore Isaac Hull died in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Namesakes and honors

The U.S. Navy has named five ships in honor of Isaac Hull, including: USS Commodore Hull (1862-1865); USS Hull (Destroyer #7); USS Hull (DD-330); USS Hull (DD-350); and USS Hull (DD-945).

The Commodore Isaac Hull Memorial Bridge spanning the Housatonic River between Derby and Shelton is named after him.

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Commodore Isaac Hull, USN's Timeline

1773
March 9, 1773
Derby, CT, USA
1843
February 13, 1843
Age 69
Philadelphia, PA, USA