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FOOTE, Andrew Hull, Rear-Admiral
[1806-1863] – American naval officer
He was born in New Haven, Conn., Sept. 12, 1806;
second son of Samuel Augustus Foote and [Eudocia] Hull.
His father was governor of Connecticut and his mother a daughter of Gen. Andrew Hull.
Andrew was a cadet in the U.S. military academy in 1822 and left on Dec. 4, 1822,
to enter the naval service as midshipman.
He was assigned to the U.S. schooner Grampus of the West Indian squadron,
operating against piratical craft engaged in annoying American commerce.
In December, 1823, he was transferred to the Peacock and sailed March 29, 1824,
to the Pacific. While with the squadron he was transferred to the frigate United States.
In 1827 he was again with the West Indian squadron
having been assigned to the Natchez and shortly transferred to the Hornet.
He was married in June, 1828, to Caroline Flagg of Cheshire, Conn.
In February, 1829, he was on the St. Louis of the Pacific squadron.
He was promoted lieutenant Dec. 9, 1831,
and was ordered to the Delaware July 30, 1833, sailing her to the Mediterranean.
He was with the East Indian squadron, 1837-41, and while absent circumnavigated the globe.
He was on duty as instructor of midshipmen at the Marine hospital,
Philadelphia, Pa., 1841-43;
was married to Caroline Augusta Street of New Haven, Conn., in January, 1842;
and was again with the Mediterranean squadron, 1843-47, on board the flag-ship Cumberland.
He was then ordered to the Boston navy yard
and in 1849-50 commanded the brig Perry
engaged in suppressing the slave trade on the coast of Africa.
He was made commander in 1856,
and with the sloop of war Plymouth sailed up the Canton river
and was fired upon by the Chinese forts.
Receiving permission from Captain Armstrong to obtain an apology or silence the forts,
he carried the forts by storm after breaching the largest.
In the engagement he lost forty men,
while the Chinese lost four hundred.
His action secured the respect of the Chinese for the American flag
and paved the way for the subsequent friendly treaties.
He commanded the Brooklyn navy yard, 1858-61,
and the U.S. navy operating in conjunction with Frémont's army, 1861-62,
helping to build and equip the light-draft gunboats.
Part of his flotilla under Commander Walke assisted General Grant
in landing his troops and capturing Camp Belmont, Nov. 7, 1861,
and saved the army from being captured in the retreat
when the Confederates were reinforced.
At Fort Henry, Feb. 6, 1862,
he led the gunboats in the attack and captured the fort
before the arrival of General Grant's troops.
On February 14, he took part in the reduction of Fort Donelson, the Carondelet,
Captain Walke, acting under orders of General Grant,
having made demonstrations on the river front at long range February 12,
and on the 13th threw 184, 15 and 10 minute shells
into the fort at close range while General Grant landed his troops and gained the rear.
On the 14th Flag-Officer Foote arrived with his six other gunboats
and commenced a brisk cannonade which was so effectively replied to
as to force him to retire to long range.
Meanwhile Grant surrounded the fort,
cut off retreat and received the capitulation of the fort on the evening of Feb. 15, 1862.
Flag-Officer Foote was wounded on the 14th
and returned to Cairo on the morning of the 15th,
where he received the news of the surrender on February 17,
from Commander Walke,
and he at once issued congratulatory orders to the officers and crews of the gunboats.
After repairing damages to the flotilla,
accompanied by the army of General Buford he descended the river
on March 4 to Hickman to co-operate with General Pope in the capture of Island No. 10.
Flag-Officer Foote opened a bombardment of the river batteries and forts en route,
and this continued from March 17 to 25, with considerable vigor.
On April 4, he ordered the Carondelet, Commander Walke,
to undertake the passage of the batteries
and report to General Pope the presence of the gunboats.
This feat was accomplished on the nights of the 4th and 5th during a thunder storm,
with material damage to the Carondelet,
and under orders from General Pope
she silenced the Confederate batteries below Island No. 10
and enabled Pope's army to get into position to continue the bombardment at the island.
Foote had ordered the Pittsburg, Lieutenant-Commander Thompson,
to follow the Carondelet and co-operate in any orders given by General Pope,
but that gunboat did not arrive until the 7th
and then at long range shelled the works of the enemy.
It was the morning of the 8th when the remainder of the fleet
arrived at the scene to find the batteries deserted,
the guns spiked and the Confederate army awaiting the naval commander
in order to capitulate.
This exploit determined the domination of the Federal army in the upper Mississippi.
Flag-Officer Foote, suffering from his wound and exposure,
was relieved from active duty and was made chief of equipments
and recruiting July 22, 1862,
and on the 30th of the same month was raised to the rank of rear-admiral.
He received the thanks of congress and of state legislatures
and was presented with a sword by the citizens of Brooklyn, N.Y. On June 4, 1863,
he was appointed commander of the South Atlantic blockading squadron
to succeed Rear-Admiral Dupont, and died while en route to assume his command.
He was a devout Christian and among his good works
was the establishment of a regular system of religious instruction
among the operators in the Brooklyn navy yard,
extending the mission to the inhabitants of the outlying city district.
He instituted nightly prayer-meetings on the receiving ship North Carolina;
lectured on temperance and kindred subjects;
and conducted religious services at Cairo, Ill., in 1861-62.
He published "Africa and the American Flag" (1854).
See his biography by Prof. J. M. Hoppin (1874).
He died at the Astor House, New York city, June 26, 1863.
FOOTE, Arthur William
[1853-1937] – American composer in the classical style
Foote’s chamber music is first rate, deserving of regular public performance. [wiki] wiki:
FOOTE, Samuel Augustus
[1780-1846] – American politician
He was born in Cheshire, Conn., November 8, 1780;
pursued an academic course;
was graduated from Yale College, New Haven, Conn., in 1797;
attended the Litchfield Law School;
discontinued law studies on account of ill health
and engaged in the shipping trade at New Haven returned to Cheshire in 1813
and engaged in agricultural pursuits;
member of the State house of representatives in 1817 and 1818;
elected to the Sixteenth Congress (March 4, 1819-March 3, 1821);
again a member of the State house of representatives 1821-1823, 1825, and 1826,
and served as speaker in 1825 and 1826;
elected to the Eighteenth Congress (March 4, 1823-March 3, 1825);
elected to the United States Senate
and served from March 4, 1827, to March 3, 1833;
unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1832;
elected as a Whig to the Twenty-third Congress,
and served from March 4, 1833, to May 9, 1834,
when he resigned to become Governor of Connecticut,
and served in 1834 and 1835;
unsuccessful Whig candidate for Governor in 1836;
presidential elector on the Whig ticket of Clay and Frelinghuysen in 1844;
died in Cheshire, Conn., on September 15, 1846;
interment in Hillside Cemetery.
This is my working list of candidates to include --
I'm not yet sure if they are related to me!
As candidates are eliminated (proven not related) they are marked appropriately (
an explanation included.
They are kept in the list in case future research proves they can be included.
(And to keep them from popping up on the list again!)
Never discard good research!
Proven candidates' names are marked with an asterisk (*) until they can be
added to the database.
- FOOT, Solomon [1802-1866]
- US legislator from VT
- FOOTE, Andrew Hull [1806-1863]
- American admiral, Civil War
- FOOTE, Charles Augustus [1785-1828]
- US legislator from NY
- FOOTE, David [*1897]
- WY state legislator
- FOOTE, Ebenezer [L.1798-1802]
- NY state legislator
- FOOTE, Ellsworth Bishop [1898-1977]
- US legislator from CT
- FOOTE, Erastus [L.1820-1831]
- ME state attorney general
- FOOTE, Harry H. [L.1943-1956]
- NH state legislator
- FOOTE, Henry S. [L.1895-1899]
- US District Attorney in CA
- FOOTE, Henry Stuart [1804-1880]
- US legislator from MS, CSA legislator from TN
- FOOTE, Isaac [L.1801-1805]
- NY state legislator
- FOOTE, John J. [L.1858-1859]
- NY state legislator
- FOOTE, Lucius Harwood [1826-1913]
- American lawyer, diplomat, poet
- FOOTE, Maria [1797-1867] Ctss Harrington
- English actress
- FOOTE, Mary (Hallock) [1847-1938]
- American novelist, artist
- FOOTE, Paul D(arwin) [1888-?]
- American physicist
- FOOTE, Ralph A. [L.1962]
- VT Lt. Governor
- FOOTE, Robert Bruce [1834-1912]
- English geologist and archaeologist
- FOOTE, Samuel [1720-77]
- English actor and playwright
- FOOTE, Samuel A. [L.1851]
- NY state appeals court judge
- FOOTE, Wallace Turner, jr [1864-1910]
- US legislator from NY
- FOOTE, Will Howe [1874-?]
- American landscape and portrait painter