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Esek Hopkins
Birth: Apr. 26, 1718
Providence County
Rhode Island, USA
Death: Feb. 26, 1802
North Providence
Providence County
Rhode Island, USA

American Revolutionary naval hero. This native of Scituate, Rhode Island was appointed commander in chief of the newly formed Continental navy in 1775. The first ships converted to United States naval use were under his command, thus he is recognized as the first ranking officer of the US Navy. In 1776 he led the colonies' first amphibious naval attack. He was to go to Charleston, South Carolina, but instead sailed to the Bahamas where he successfully raided a New Providence Island storage facility and captured supplies and equipment that were needed by the Colonies. While returning home his fleet engaged and captured two small British warships. Although successful the operations were considered controversial and he was censured by Congress before being dismissed in 1778. However, he retained his popularity among the people and remained active in Rhode Island state politics until his death. Two U.S. Navy destroyers have been named in his honor. (bio by: Bigwoo) 
Family links: 
  Desire Burroughs Hopkins (1724 - 1794)*
  John Burroughs Hopkins (1742 - 1796)*
  Heart Hopkins (1744 - 1825)*
  Samuel Hopkins (1749 - 1750)*
  Stephen Hopkins (1753 - 1761)*
  Susannah Hopkins Maxcy (1756 - ____)*
  Esek Hopkins (1758 - 1759)*
  Samuel Hopkins (1760 - 1782)*
  Desire Hopkins Leonard (1764 - 1843)*
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North Burial Ground
Providence County
Rhode Island, USA
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Record added: Oct 08, 2005
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Thank you, sir for your service to our country during our American Revolution. Fair winds and following seas. May you rest in peace, sir.
- Daniel Moran
 Added: Apr. 26, 2016

- David Wend
 Added: Apr. 26, 2016

- Lazer
 Added: Apr. 26, 2015
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