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American Civil War, Mexican-American War, War of 1812

AmericanBorn Abraham WHIPPLE

American revolutionary commander in the Continental Navy

Born on September 26, 1733 in Providence, Rhode Island, USA , United States

Died on May 27, 1819 in Marietta, Ohio, USA

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Abraham Whipple was born to Noah Whipple, Jr. Abraham Whipple, and Sarah Hopkins were married on August 2, 1761. They had three children: John, Catherine, and Mary. Catherine's husband, and Commodore Whipple's son-in-law, was Colonel Ebenezer Sproat of the Continental Army.

As American colonists began to resist what they considered unfair oppression by the British crown, acts of defiance became more and more prevalent. One such occurrence happened on June 9, 1772, when Whipple led 50 Rhode Islanders in the capture and burning of British revenue cutter HMS Gaspée, which had run aground off Pawtuxet while chasing the packet Hannah. The incident initiated an exchange of notes between Whipple and Captain James Wallace of HMS Rose. Wallace wrote, "You Abraham Whipple on June 10, 1772 burned his majesty's vessel the Gaspée and I will hang you at the yard arm!" To which point Whipple responded, "Sir, always catch a man before you hang him."


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