How Horace Lawson Hunley Died: Cause of Death, Age at Death, and More!

Horace Lawson Hunley reached the not so modest age of 40 years. Find out the cause of death and more exciting information regarding the death of this famous engineer.

Biography - A Short Wiki

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

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

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.

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

How did Horace Lawson Hunley die?

Information about the death of Horace Lawson Hunley
Cause of deathN/A
Age of death40 years
BirthdayJune 20, 1823
Death dateOctober 15, 1863
Place of deathCharleston, South Carolina, United States
Place of burialN/A