NATHAN HALE

Tribune Tower

NATHAN HALE

NATHAN HALE

Tribune Tower

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Writer: Chris Jones
Actor: Jon Michael Hill

"I am fascinated by American history and Chicago history, in particular, and so was excited when the opportunity arose to give voice to an American Patriot on the streets of a city so rich in culture.”

Jon Michael Hill

There was a time when every American knew the story of Nathan Hale. One of America's first spies, he died at the tender age of 21 years old.

A graduate of Yale, Nathan Hale (1755 – 1776) joined George Washington’s continental army in the early days of the American Revolution. He went behind British enemy lines on a mission but was caught by the British and hanged as a spy.

His famous last words have been enshrined on the American conscience: ‘I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country.’

Yale alumni raised funds for a statue on their campus and six copies have been erected across America, including this one located in front of the Tribune Tower. It is especially fitting here because Chicago Tribune publisher Col. Robert R. McCormick felt that Hale was a sterling model of youthful patriotism.

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Funded by
Richard H Driehaus Foundation

Supported by
Chicago Parks District