Horace Lawson Hunley

(1823 - 1863)

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Horace Lawson Hunley
1823 - 1863
Born
June 20, 1823
Sumner County, Tennessee United States
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October 15, 1863
Charleston, Charleston County, South Carolina United States
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Horace Lawson Hunley was born on June 20, 1823 in Tennessee. He died on October 15, 1863 in Charleston, South Carolina at 40 years of age.
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Horace Hunley was born on in Sumner County, Tennessee United States
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Horace Hunley died on in Charleston, Charleston County, South Carolina United States
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Horace Hunley was born on in Sumner County, Tennessee United States
Horace Hunley died on in Charleston, Charleston County, South Carolina United States
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Confederate marine engineer during the American Civil War. Developed the first submarine called the "H.L. Hunley."
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Horace Lawson Hunley died on October 15, 1863 in Charleston, South Carolina at age 40. He was born on June 20, 1823 in Tennessee. There is no information about Horace's family.

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In 1823, in the year that Horace Lawson Hunley was born, on April 13th, Franz Liszt - who was 11 - gave a concert in Austria. After the concert, he was personally congratulated by Ludwig van Beethoven.

In 1839, he was 16 years old when on January 2nd, the first photo of the Moon was taken by Louis Daguerre, known as the "father of photography". The following June, he applied for and got a patent for his camera - to which France acquired the rights in exchange for a lifetime pension for Louis and his co-inventor's nephew. The camera was available to the public by September. It cost 400 francs (about $50 US then, almost $1270 today) and weighed 120 pounds.

In 1847, Horace was 24 years old when on July 1st, the first official postage stamps were issued in the US (not in the world - that was the UK). They were a nickel and a dime and showed Ben Franklin and George Washington.

In 1856, when he was 33 years old, on January 26th the Battle of Seattle occurred. Marines from the ship the USS Decatur, stationed in Elliott Bay, along with about 50 Seattle settlers, fought Native Americans in the area. Territorial Governor Isaac Stevens had declared a "war of extermination" on Native communities 5 days before.

In 1863, in the year of Horace Lawson Hunley's passing, on January 1st, President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation. The Proclamation made the abolition of slavery in the Confederate states an official war goal. It also immediately freed 50,000 slaves, with the rest freed as Union armies advanced into Confederate states. The Proclamation wasn't a Congressional law - it was an Executive Order.

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