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HINMAN, Elisha, naval officer, born in Stoning-ton, Connecticut, 9 March, 1734; died there, 29 August, 1807. fit went to sea at fourteen years of age, was a captain at nineteen, and for many years voyaged to Europe and the West Indies. In the naval engagement of 6 April, 1776, with the British ship "Glasgow," 20 gulls, he commanded the "Cabot," under Commander Esek Hopkins, and was severely wounded. In August, 1776, he abandoned the merchant service and was appointed one of the first captains in the United States navy, successively commanding the "Marquis de La Fayette," 20 guns; the "Dean," 30 guns; the sloop "Providence"; and the " Alfred," 32 guns. In March, 1778, the latter was captured, and Hinman taken to England and imprisoned, he escaped to France, returned to America, and was honorably acquitted for the loss of his ship, in 1794 President Adams tendered him the command of the "Constitution," but his advanced age compelled him to decline. From 1798 till 1802 he was engaged in the revenue service. In the destruction of New London, Connecticut, in September, 1781, by the British, under Benedict Arnold, he lost all his property.
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