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William Hull

territorial governor , army officer

William Hull, American territorial governor, army officer. member Massachusetts Senate, 1790-1805.


Hull, William was born on June 24, 1753 in Derby, Connecticut, United States. Son of Joseph and Eliza (Clark) Hull.


Graduated from Yale, 1772, A.M. (honorary), 1779. A.M., (honorary) Harvard, 1787.


Admitted to Connecticut bar, 1775. Joined Continental Army as captain Derby Militia, 1775, advanced through grades to major, lieutenant colonel. Served in battles of White Plains, Trenton, Princeton, Saratoga, Monmouth and Stony Point.

Helped suppress Shay’s Rebellion, 1787. Judge Massachusetts Court Common Pleas, circa 1790. Member Massachusetts Senate, 1790-1805.

An organizer Society of Cincinnati. Governor Michigan Territory (appointed by President Jefferson), 1805-1812. Brigadier general United States Army in command of defense of Michigan and attack on upper Canada, 1812.

Surrendered to General Isaac Brock after futile attack upon British in upper Canada, at Detroit without even giving battle 1812. Court martialed, found guilty of cowardice and neglect of duty, sentenced to death. Vindicated, 1824.


Member Massachusetts Senate, 1790-1805.


Married Sarah Fuller, 1781, 1 adopted son, Isaac (naval hero).

Joseph Hull

Eliza (Clark) Hull

Sarah Fuller