Isaac Hull was Born in Derby, New Haven County, Conn. At an early age, he chose a seafaring life and engaging in the merchant service he became after a time, the master of a shiP. In 1798, he recieved the appointment of a Lieutenant in the United States Navy. In 1800, he distinguished himself by cutting out the French letter-of-marque Sandwich, then lying in the harbor of Port Platte, in St. Domingo. In the Tripolitan war he was promoted to the rank of Master-Commandant, and in 1806 he was made a Captain. During the war with England in 1812-1815, while he commanded the frigate Constitution, his skill and heroism gained him high renown. He died at Philadelphia, Pa., Feb. 13, 1843, aged 68. This portrait was copied in 1834, by Waldo and Jewett, from an original by Stuart in 1807. (See also Nos. 45 to 50.) [P. 23; see entries 04060045, 04060046, 04060047, and 04060048 for other works noted in this commentary.]
Catalogue of Paintings, belonging to Yale College; deposited in the South Room of the Trumbull Gallery. New Haven: Printed by B.L. Hamlen, Printer to Yale College. 1852.