Hull was incorporated in 1644, and in its early days was a place of some note.
The first minister settled in Hull, it is supposed, was Mr. Matthews. He was succeeded by Zachariah Whitman, settled in 1670; and Samual Veasie, settled in 1753, dismissed 1763.
It is the smallest town territorially in the State, except Newburyport, and the smallest in population, except Gosnold. It is located on the peninsula of Nantasket, and nearly all the islands in Boston harbor belong to this town. Very few people realize how short a distance it is from Long Wharf, Boston, to Plymouth County. The town is formed of five small hills, connected by very narrow necks of land. The principal settlement is on Nantasket head.
Several large and popular summer hotels, among them the “Oregon” and the “Rockland House,” have been erected here within a few years, and the town has become a popular resort.
For many years the vote of Hull indicated the relative strength of political parties, in Massachusetts elections, until it passed into a proverb: “As goes Hull, so goes the State.”
Died in Revolutionary Service From Hull
Hull did her whole duty in the war for the preservation of the Union, raising 22 soldiers and 2 sailors. Three men were lost in service.
Aergt. Ansel P. Loring, E, 47th, killed on duty near New Orleans, June 24th, 1863, his body having been found floating in the Mississippi, with shot wounds through the head
Nathaniel E. Hooper, F, 20th, killed at Fredericksburg, Dec. 11th, 1862
John M. Cleverly, A, 3d R. I. Cavalry, at Charity Hospital, New Orleans, of Chronic Diarrhea.