Who is Nathan Hale?

Nathan Hale (June 6, 1755 – September 22, 1776) was a soldier for the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War.  He volunteered for an intelligence gather mission in New York City but was captured by the British and hanged.  He is best remembered for his purported last words before being hanged: “I only regret that I have but one life to give for my country.”

Nathan Hale was born in Coventry, Connecticut.  In 1768, when he was fourteen years old, he was sent to Yale College.  Graduating with first-class honors in 1773 at age 18, Nathan became a teacher in Connecticut.

After the Revolutionary War began in 1775, he joined a Connecticut militia and was elected first lieutenant. When his militia unit participated in the Siege of Boston, Hale remained behind. On July 4, 1775, Hale received a letter from his classmate and friend, Benjamin Tallmadge. Tallmadge, who had gone to Boston to see the siege for himself, wrote a letter to Hale. Tallmadge’s letter was so inspiring that several days later, Hale accepted a commission as first lieutenant in the 7th Connecticut Regiment.  In the following spring, the army moved to Manhattan to prevent the British from taking over New York City.  In September, General Washington was desperate to determine the upcoming location of the British invasion of Manhattan.  Washington sought to do this by sending a spy behind enemy lines – Hale was the only volunteer.

Nathan Hale was captured as a spy and on the morning of September 22, 1776, and after uttering those famous words, was hung as a spy.

We chose Nathan Hale as the name for our firm not only because of the connection to our partners, but because of the uncompromising spirit of our employees to go above and beyond the call of duty in serving the needs of our clients and friends.