(1753–1825) Revolutionary army officer, born in Derby Connecticut. Hull served throughout the entire war, fighting in most of the important battles of the northern theater, including White Plains (1776), Trenton (1776), Saratoga (1777), and Monmouth (1778). After the war he settled in Newton, Massachusetts, where he held a number of state and local offices until 1805, when Thomas Jefferson appointed him governor of the Michigan Territory. During the War of 1812 he commanded a force of Ohio militia that eventually surrendered Detroit, bringing him into disgrace. Convicted of cowardice and neglect of duty, he was sentenced to be shot, but because of his services during the Revolution the president commuted his sentence.
From The Oxford Essential Dictionary of the U.S. Military in Oxford Reference.
Subjects: Warfare and Defence.