Entry from US English dictionary
(1755–76), American hero. He volunteered in 1776 during the American Revolution to spy behind British lines on Long Island. Disguised as a schoolmaster, he was captured by the British and hanged without trial. His last words are said to have been, “I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country. ”.
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Syllabification: Hale, Nathan
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