Nathan Hale Statue

Captain Nathan Hale was the first well known martyr of the American Revolution. Caught as an American spy, Hale was ordered executed by General William Howe.

At the gallows Hale, a young school teacher turned soldier, made the famous statement which appears around the circular base of the statue; "I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country." The life sized standing bronze figure of Hale was bequeathed to the United States by George Dudley Seymour of New Haven, Connecticut. The sculpture shows Hale at the moment of his famous speech on the gallows. He stands erect and proud with his feet and hands bound, a blindfold is draped over his shoulders. With hands tied behind his back, his coat is pulled back on his left side. The statue rests on a pedestal of granite about three feet high. It is awkwardly situated against the massive southern facade of the Department of Justice at Constitution Avenue between 9th and 10th Streets, N.W.

The statue was authorized by public law No. 683 by the 79th Congress on August 8, 1946. The statue was formerly at Male's birthplace in South Coventry, Connecticut. A replica of the figure is at Yale University. The pedestal bears an<l inscription. Designed by Bela Lyon Pratt around 1915, the statue is believed to have been cast in 1930.

National Register: July 14, 1978
Within Federal Triangle HD and Pennsylvania Avenue NHS



9th Street and Constitution Avenue, NW