Historical records matching Admiral Lord George Paulet
About Admiral Lord George Paulet
From Lost Kingdom by Julia Flynn Siler
Lord George Paulet - A renegade commander of a British frigate, he forced the first cession of the islands to a foreign power in 1843 - a move his superiors quickly reversed - in what became known as the "Paulet Affair."
Admiral Lord George Paulet CB (12 August 1803 – 22 November 1879) was an officer of the Royal Navy. He entered the navy shortly after the end of the Napoleonic Wars and after some years obtained his own command. He served off the Iberian Peninsula during the Portuguese Liberal Wars and the Spanish First Carlist War, protecting British interests and property. While serving on the Pacific Station he obtained a brief measure of infamy when he occupied the Hawaiian Islands for five months in 1843, in an incident known as the Paulet Affair. The occupation was later reversed by his commanding officer. Paulet went on to serve during the Crimean War, commanding a ship during the heavy fighting around the Siege of Sevastopol in 1854. He received a number of awards after the war, and was promoted through the ranks, until his death in 1879 at the rank of full admiral.