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Hercules Mulligan

  • Birth 25 Sep 1740 Coleraine, County Londonderry, Northern Ireland
  • Death 4 Mar 1825
  • Burial Manhattan, New York County (Manhattan), New York, USA
  • Plot Section S4, Southside. Thomas Whalie Family Vault
  • Memorial ID 11792009

Revolutionary War soldier and spy. Mulligan was a tailor by trade, but during the Revolutionary War he was an activist and spy for the Americans. Mulligan twice saved George Washington from being captured by the British through his espionage efforts. In 1765, he joined the Sons of Liberty. In January 1770, he fought in the Battle of Golden Hill, in New York City, one of the first violent incidents leading up to the Revolutionary War. In 1773, he and his wife took in a young boarder named Alexander Hamilton, who later became a soldier in the war and an aide to General George Washington. In the summer of 1775, he helped the Sons of Liberty steal a cache of muskets from the city armory. He was among the leaders who, after hearing the Declaration of Independence, marched to Bowling Green to topple the statue of King George III. When Washington needed reliable information from within British-held New York City Hamilton recommended his friend Hercules Mulligan.

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  • Created by: Dan Silva
  • Added: 21 Sep 2005
  • Find A Grave Memorial 11792009
  • Linda Ferrigno
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Hercules Mulligan (25 Sep 1740–4 Mar 1825), Find A Grave Memorial no. 11792009, citing Trinity Churchyard, Manhattan, New York County (Manhattan), New York, USA ; Maintained by Dan Silva (contributor 46781334) .