Horace Lawson Hunley

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Birthday
20, 1823
Birthplace
Tennessee
Death Date
Oct 15, 1863 (40)
Birth Sign
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Birthday
20, 1823
Birthplace
Tennessee
Death Date
Oct 15, 1863 (40)

About

Nineteenth-century engineer who designed and built Confederate submarines during the Civil War era. His best-known submarine, the H.L. Hunley, was named in his honor.

Before Fame

Before building his first submarine, the Pioneer, he worked as a lawyer and held a seat in the Louisiana State Legislature.

Trivia

Before its own sinking, his H.L. Hunley was the first naval vessel in history to sink an enemy submarine (the USS Housatonic).

Family Life

He was born in Sumner County, Tennessee and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana. He died in a failed submarine exercise and was buried in Charleston, South Carolina.

Associated With

He and Whitcomb L. Judson were both Civil War-era inventors.

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