Nathan Hale: Yale 1773 :: 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  

The Years At Yale: Scholar, Athlete, Women's Rights Advocate
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The Athletic Hale
According to several people who knew him, Hale was an extraordinary athlete/gymnast. It was said he could stand beside a 6-foot fence, put his hand on top and leap over it. He was also said to have made such a long running jump on The Green that its length was specially marked and kept for all to see. Another description says he could jump directly from one hogshead (barrel) into another and then into a third. An army comrade said, "I have seen him [kick] a football over the tops of the trees in the Bowery at New York (an exercise which he was fond of)"