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HAMILTON, Paul, statesman, born in St. Paul's parish. S. C., 16 October, 1762; died in Beaufort, South Carolina, 30 June, 1816. He rendered important services during the Revolution; was comptroller of South Carolina from 1799 to 1804, improving the financial system of the state; was governor of South Carolina in 1804-'6, and secretary of the United States navy in 1809-'13, in the first administration of James Madison. His policy was to keep our frigates in port to prevent their capture in the war of 1812-'14, and the first of our great victories, gained by Hull in the "Constitution," was won in spite of Hamilton's mandate, "to remain in Boston until further orders!"
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