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Hull, William

William B. Skelton

in American National Biography Online

Published in print January 1999 |
Published online February 2000 | e-ISBN: 9780198606697 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/anb/9780198606697.article.0300228

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Hull, William (24 June 1753–29 November 1825), army officer and territorial governor, was born in Derby, Connecticut, the son of Joseph Hull and Eliza Clark, farmers. Hull graduated from Yale College in 1772, studied law, and was admitted to the bar in 1775. At the outbreak of the Revolution, he joined the first company raised in Derby, and he served through the entire war, rising in 1779 to lieutenant colonel in the Massachusetts line of the Continental army. Hull fought in most of the important battles of the northern theater—New York, White Plains, Trenton, Saratoga, Monmouth, Stony Point—and he frequently exercised independent command. Late in the war he commanded the army’s advance position in the lines outside New York City, and he won recognition for a daring raid on the British outpost at Morrissania in January 1781. While on leave in 1781, Hull married Sarah Fuller, with whom he had eight children....

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