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Yale and the Revolution: spymaster

America’s Independence Day falls this week, so all week we’ll be talking about Yale people and places that were part of the American Revolution. Today we remember Benjamin Tallmadge (1754–1835), who is the second most famous spy in the Class of 1773. (His classmate Nathan Hale is better known because of his untimely death and famous last words.) Tallmadge served as George Washington’s director of military intelligence and assembled the Culper Spy Ring, which among other things helped uncover the plans of Benedict Arnold. After the war, he served as a congressman from Connecticut for eight terms. He was a main character on the AMC TV series Turn: Washington’s Spies.

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