Profession: US Patriot and Soldier
Why Famous: Nathan Hale was a continental soldier during the American Revolutionary War who was hung for spying by the British in 1776.
Recruited by General Washington Hale was sent behind enemy lines during the Battle of Long Island but was discovered and then hung.
He is famous for his reported last words before his execution "I only regret that I have but one life to give for my country." Hale is the state hero of the US state of Connecticut.
- 1776-09-10 George Washington asks for a spy volunteer, Nathan Hale volunteers
- 1776-09-12 Nathan Hale leaves Harlem Heights Camp (127th St) for spy mission
- 1776-09-21 Nathan Hale, spied on British for American rebels, arrested