Esek Hopkins

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

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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Comments (17)

Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

Good morning, James Dray 

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Sep 07, 2020 03:30 AM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

I did not know that but thank you once again for my daily dose of knowledge.

Happy Labor Day James Dray 

Sep 07, 2020 03:46 AM
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

I hope the munitions were put to good use.

Have a safe and nice Labor Day.

Sep 07, 2020 03:53 AM
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line

An interesting man, who seemed to grab oportunities where he could.

Sep 07, 2020 04:39 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much, James, for sharing this interesting story.

Enjoy the holiday and have an outstanding week.

Sep 07, 2020 04:40 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good Labor Day morning, James... and another historical figure most of us have never heard of and probably would not have done without your post.

Sep 07, 2020 04:46 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. And once again in familiar form, I had no clue! Enjoy your day!

Sep 07, 2020 05:11 AM
Donald Urschalitz
Lubeck Realty Group - Jupiter, FL
P.A. Realtor ABR RSPS North Palm Beach County

I must say he was styling guy for a sea dog.

Sep 07, 2020 06:32 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello James - a name from history I previously was unaware.  

Sep 07, 2020 06:57 AM
Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty
Waves Realty - Melbourne, FL
Florida Space Coast Homes

An interesting life well lived by another great American patriot. Good one!

Sep 07, 2020 07:29 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


Another wonderful moment of unknow history to us, and illustrated by Barbara Todaro .  Happy Labor Day!  A

Sep 07, 2020 07:51 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor

That is quite an honor James Dray , to be the only Commander and Chef of a branch of the military. Thanks for honoring him today with this post.

Sep 07, 2020 09:29 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Happy Labor day, James! Thanks for an interesting read, and for inspiring Barbara to share a photo!


Sep 07, 2020 10:02 AM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi James- so much we don't many people who helped in some way to shape history. Thank you and thank you Barbara Todaro for adding to the post. 

Sep 07, 2020 10:06 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello James and another great history lesson for us here in the rain.  Make ita great day!


Sep 07, 2020 12:22 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Having been to Rhode Island many times I just knew they made some great Martinis with side cars in the lat 1980's had no idea that they had a Naval Hero too:)Endre

Sep 07, 2020 10:35 PM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

A seaman, a politician, a general, farmer and Commander in Chief of the Continental Navy.

Quite a career!

Oct 03, 2020 08:24 AM

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