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Nathan Hale - Background, Spy, The speech, Estimations of Hale, Hanging site(s), Other statues, Reference


American revolutionary officer, hero, and martyr, born in Coventry, Connecticut, USA. Educated at Yale, he became a schoolteacher, served in the siege of Boston (1775), and was commissioned captain (1776). He penetrated the British lines on Long Island to obtain information, but was captured by the British and hanged without trial the next day. His statue stands at the headquarters of the CIA at Langley, VA.

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