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Originally appearing in Volume V10, Page 625 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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ANDREW HULL FOOTE (1806-1863), American admiral, was born at Ne Iaven, Connecticut, on the 12th of September 1806, his father, Sl'muel Augustus Foote (1780–1846), being a prominent lawyer and Whig politician,, who as U.S. senator moved in 1829 " Foote's resolutions " on public lands, in the discussion of which Daniel Webster made his "reply to Hayne." He enteredthe U.S. navy in 1822, and was commissioned lieutenant in 1830. After cruising round the world (183 7–1840) in the" John Adams," he was assigned to the Philadelphia Naval Asylum, and later (1846–1848) to the Boston Navy Yard. In 1844 he was made commander of the " Perry," and engaged for two years in sup-pressing the slave trade on the African coast. In 1856, as commander of the " Portsmouth," he served on the East India station, under Corn. James Armstrong, and he captured the Barrier Forts near Canton. From October 1858 to the outbreak of the Civil War, he was in charge of the Brooklyn Navy Yard,becoming a full -captain in i86r. In August 186r he was assigned to the command "of the naval operations upon the Western waters: His 'exploit iih capturing Fort Henry (on the right bank of the Tennessee river) from the Confederates, on the 6th of February 1862, without the to-operation of General Grant's land forces,' who had not arrived in time, was abrilliant success; but their combined attack on` Fort Donelson (12 in. off, on the left bank of the Cumberland river), whither' •most of the Fort Henry garrison had escaped, resulted, before its 'surrender (Feb. 16), in heavy losses to Foote's gunboats, Foote himself being severely wounded. In March April he co-operated in the capture of New Madrid (¢v.) and Island No. io. In June he retired from his command and in July was promoted rear-admiral, and became chief of the Bureau of Equipment and Recruiting. On the 26th of June 1863 he died at New York. See the life (1874) by Professor James Mason Hoppin (182o-1906).
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