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First Name: Hiram

Last Name: Paulding

Birthplace: Cortland, NY, USA

Gender: Male

Branch: Navy (present)


Date of Birth: 11 December 1797

Date of Death: 20 October 1878

Rank or Rate: Rear Admiral

Years Served:
Hiram Paulding

•  War of 1812


Hiram Paulding
Rear Admiral, U.S. Navy

Hiram Paulding was born on 11 December 1797 in Cortland, NY.

Paulding began his naval career as a young midshipman in 1811. In the War of 1812, despite his youth, he fought with great distinction against the British on Lakes Ontario and Champlain, and commanded the second division from Ticonderoga in the Battle of Lake Champlain.

After the war, he honed his skills on various ships. In August 1825, while a Lieutenant, he served on the USS Dolphin, as the Executive Officer to Lieutenant John "Mad Jack" Percival. In this position, Paulding was with Percival during his trans-Pacific and Hawaiian adventures. After serving on board the USS Constellation, he went on to command the schooner USS Shark in 1834, and the sloop-of-war USS Levant in 1838. In 1841 he was assigned as Executive Officer of the Brooklyn Navy Yard, and received a promotion to Captain in 1845. In 1852, Paulding assumed command of the Washington Navy Yard, and later the U.S. Home Squadron.

In 1861 President Abraham Lincoln appointed him to a key position on the Navy Board, to help create the Union wartime navy. In this office, Paulding was instrumental in evaluating John Ericsson's design of the iron ship, the USS Monitor. After the Civil War, he was assigned to command the Brooklyn Navy Yard.


The U.S. Navy destroyer USS Paulding (DD-21) was named in his honor.

Death and Burial

Rear Admiral Hiram Paulding died on 20 October 1878 in Huntington, NY. He is buried at Huntington Rural Cemetery in Huntington, NY.

Honoree ID: 2951   Created by: MHOH




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