Abraham Whipple was born in Providence, Rhode Island back in 1733 to Noah and Sarah. As I do not have any information as to his childhood what I can offer is the rest of the story, so let’s get to it. Early in life he decided to be a seafarer embarking on a career in the West Indies trade.
As the colonists began to resist the British crown in 1772 he led 50 Rhode Islanders in the capture and burning of the British cutter Gaspee. The British commander wrote that he would find Whipple and hang him at the yard arm. Whipple’s reply “Sir, always catch a man before you hang him.”
He was commissioned a captain in the Continental Navy commanding the 24-gun ship Columbus. He died in 1819, he was 85. Now for the rest of the story. in the French and Indian War period, he was a privateersman in one six-moth cruise he captured 23 French ships. He was the first to unfurl the Star-Spangled Banner in London. The first to sail an ocean-going ship 2000 miles downriver from Ohio to the Caribbean. One more thing, he was among the founders of the town of Marietta, Ohio and the first named proprietor of Charleston, Vermont. Until tomorrow keep a smile on your face and a penny in your pocket