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HOOKER, Edward, naval officer, born in Farmington, Hartford County, Connecticut, 25 December, 1822. He is descended from Reverend Thomas Hooker. Edward was educated at Farmington academy, and at the age of fourteen entered the merchant marine, where he remained until he entered the navy as acting master, 19 July, 1861, on the gun boat "Louisiana," of the North Atlantic blockading squadron, and was severely wounded, 5 October, 1861. He was on service on that gun boat in the Burnside expedition, and commanded it, in the absence of the chief officer, at Washington, North Carolina, 5 September, 1862. For his gallant conduct in this action he was promoted to acting volunteer lieutenant, 20 September, 1862. He was in command of the steamer "Victoria" in 1863, and captured the brig "Minna" and the steamer "Nicholai I." off Wilmington, North Carolina He had command of the boats on the Rappahannock during the advance of General Grant, and cleared the river of torpedoes, opening it to transports. He was promoted to acting volunteer lieu-tenant-commander in January, 1865, was naval store-keeper in the Brooklyn navy yard from October, 1865, till October. 1867, commanded the store-ship "Idaho" in 1867--'9, and was commissioned lieutenant-commander in the regular navy, 18 December, 1868. He was inspector of yards and docks at the navy yard, New York, in 1870, and in 1884 was retired with the rank of commander.
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