Penelope: What about those who fought for our freedoms … men like Nathan Hale!
Bart: Well, you could think of a better example. They hanged him, you know.
Revolutionary war hero, Nathan Hale, is often regarded as America's first spy. In 1776, during the Battle of Long Island, Hale, a teacher, volunteered to spy on British troop movements by posing as an unemployed schoolmaster. He was captured by the British as they burned New York City. Before being hung, Hale is reported to have declared : "I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country."