Nathan Hale: Yale 1773 :: Curator: Richard E. Mooney :: Curator: Richard E. Mooney mssa exhibition

Hale's Life in Connecticut  |  The Years At Yale  |  In The Revolutionary War  |  How Sculptors Saw Him  |  George Dudley Seymour  |  Images & Namesakes  

George Dudley Seymour He Documented Hale's Story
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The Man Who Remembered Hale

Most of the papers and photos in this exhibit are thanks to the diligence and generosity of George Dudley Seymour, preserved in Manuscripts and Archives at the Sterling Memorial Library and in the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library. Seymour was a truly public spirited New Haven patent lawyer who devoted extraordinary time and money to the veneration of Nathan Hale, born 250 years ago on June 6, 1755. His "lifelong interest" in Hale, he said, began with a poem - Hale's Fate and Fame - he read as a boy. Thus inspired, the adult Seymour led the campaign for the statue of Hale on the Old Campus, purchased the Hale Homestead in Coventry, prodded Presidents for a Nathan Hale postage stamp, and collected much of what you see here.

A native of Bristol, Connecticut, born in 1859, Seymour was a cousin of Yale President Charles Seymour and friend of the powerful, including Chief Justice William Howard Taft. A law graduate of Columbian College in Washington, D.C. [now George Washington University], Yale gave him an honorary Master of Arts degree in 1913. He died in 1948 and is buried in the Grove Street Cemetery.