Secretary of the Navy Paul Hamilton
Born on 16
October 1762 in Saint Paul's Parish, South Carolina, Paul Hamilton was
the son of Archibald and Rebecca (Brandford) Hamilton. At the young age
of 16, Paul Hamilton fought under Generals Gates, Marion, and Harden
during the American Revolution.
Paul Hamilton was the nation's third Secretary of the Navy, serving
under President James Madison from 1809 to 1813. As Secretary of the
Navy he was a strong proponent of military preparedness, especially sea
fortifications. Although he wanted to strengthen the Navy, he found the
Congress hostile and the President indifferent to his ideas. One of his
greatest achievements under his tenure was the passage of the Naval
Hospitals Act of 1811. In 1813 he resigned his post as Secretary of the
Prior to his appointment as Secretary, he served the state of South
Carolina in a number of public offices, including State Senator, 1794,
1798-1799, Comptroller of Finance, 1800-1804, as well as Governor of
South Carolina, 1804-1806.
On 10 October 1782 he married Mary Wilkinson. Paul Hamilton died on 30
June 1819 in Beaufort, South Carolina.
On a stylized round
shield of twenty radiating
segments Or bearing the italic letters "N", "W", "E", and "S" in
crossed gules, a terrestrial globe Proper charged with a demi-trident
throughout of the first.
The Crest: From a wreath Or and
AEGIS radar configuration Celeste, overall a palmetto Proper charged
with an increscent Argent and enclosed by an arc of seven mullets Or.
Motto: A scroll Argent
Gules inscribed "THE COURAGE TO PREVAIL".
Seal: The coat of arms as
blazoned in full color upon a white oval enclosed by a blue collar
edged on the outside with a gold rope and bearing the name "USS PAUL
HAMILTON" at the top and "DDG 60" in base all in gold.