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William Hull

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Definition: Hull was a Revolutionary War hero, having fought in battles at Trenton, Princeton, and Saratoga. He was also governor of Michigan Territory during the War of 1812. He tried to invade Canada but failed miserably. The British responded by attacking Detroit, which Hull had to surrender in August 1812. He became a symbol of American failure in battle and was sentenced to death but was pardoned by President James Madison.

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