Nathan Hale (1755-1776)
Artist: Karl Gerhardt (1853-1940)

When the Revolutionary War began, Nathan Hale was a captain in a regiment known as Knowlton’s Rangers or Congress’ Own. 

He later volunteered his services as a spy for George Washington. 

Most of Hale’s missions involved traveling from Connecticut to Long Island, New York. 

On one such mission in September of 1776, the British captured Nathan Hale. 

 It is believed that his betrayer was his cousin Samuel Hale, a Tory. 

Statue of Nathan Hale located in the Capitol lobby


Courtesy of the League of Women Voters of Connecticut, Inc.


Without the benefit of a trial, Nathan Hale was found guilty of spying and hanged.

Before his death, it is believed that he said the words “I ONLY REGRET THAT I HAVE BUT ONE LIFE TO LOSE FOR MY COUNTRY.” 

Nathan Hale was twenty-one years old when he died. 

In 1985, Nathan Hale was named Connecticut’s official state hero.