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

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booklet life of CAPT. NATHAN HALE
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Hale's first biographers
The new nation was a quarter-century old before any American biographies appeared, and it was not until the 1850's that anyone did Hale. This little volume from 1856 is it, Life of Captain Nathan Hale: Martyr-Spy of the American Revolution, by I. W. Stuart, class of 1828, sometime academic, orator and biographer. Stuart interviewed people who knew Hale, but they were few and well on in years, drawing on faded childhood memory. Later biographers had the advantage of more information, granted that there cannot be much on a 21-year life that was unremarkable until the final two weeks.