Esek Hopkins was born in Scituate, Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations back in 1718. The only information I could find out about him was when he was twenty, he went to sea. During the French and Indian War, he was a privateer. When he wasn’t at sea he was engaged in Rhode Island politics serving as deputy to the Rhode Island General Assembly.
In 1775, he was appointed brigadier general, commanding all military forces for Rhode Island. In 1776, he took command of eight small merchant ships and converted them into Men-0f-War vessels. That same year he conducted the Raid of Nassau where he captured munitions and a six-gun schooner.
After the war, he continued to serve in the Rhode Island General Assembly retiring in 1786. He returned to his farm where he died in 1802, he was 83.
What you may not know about Esek is that he was the only Commander in Chief of the Continental Navy during the American Revolutionary War.
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