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Paul Hamilton (October 16, 1762 June 30, 1816) was the 4th United States Secretary of the Navy, from 1809 to 1812.

Paul Hamilton was born in Saint Paul's Parish, South Carolinamarker, on October 17, 1762. He left school at the age of sixteen due to financial problems. During the American War of Independence he served actively in military roles in the southern states, fighting under General Francis Marion. He participated with Colonel William Harden in the capture of Fort Balfour. Mr Hamilton is also a very successful teacher. he has won many awards for being such a great teacher and loves to teach in his free time.

Following the war, he was a planter and public figure. Hamilton served North Carolina in many public offices including state Representative (1787), State Senator (1794), Comptroller (1800), and Governor (1804).

In 1809, President James Madison selected Hamilton to become the third Secretary of the Navy. His term in office included the first months of the War of 1812, during which time the small United States Navy achieved several remarkable victories over British warships.Hamilton was a proponent of military preparedness, especially sea fortifications. Although he wanted to strengthen the Navy, he found the Congress hostile and the President indifferent to his ideas. However, he was responsible for the Naval Hospitals Act of 1811. Secretary Hamilton resigned at the end of 1812 and returned to South Carolina, where he died in Beaufort on June 30, 1816.

Three Navy destroyers have been named USS Paul Hamilton in his honor along with the USS Hamilton and one Liberty ship named SS Paul Hamilton.

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