Hiram Paulding, an American naval officer, born in Westchester co., N. Y., Dec. 11, 1797. He is a son of John Paulding, one of the captors of Major Andre. He entered the navy as a midshipman in 1811, and was in the battle of Lake Champlain, for which service he received a sword from congress. In 1843 he attained the rank of captain, and in 1857, while in command of the home squadron, broke up an expedition against Nicaragua headed by William Walker. The "main body of this expedition, commanded by Walker in person, landed at Punta Arenas in the harbor of Grey-town, Nov. 25. Paulding arrived on Dec. 6. in his flag ship the Wabash, and on the 8th landed a force under the command of Capt. Engle, when Walker surrendered with 132 followers, who were disarmed and sent to the United States. Paulding acted on this occasion without specific instructions, and his arrest of Walker on foreign soil was not fully approved by the executive. In December, 1860, Nicaragua presented him with a sword and also offered him a tract of land; the latter, however, the United States senate did not allow him to receive. In July, 1862, he was made a rear admiral on the retired list.
From 1862 to 1866 he was in command of the navy yard at New York, in 1866 was appointed governor of the naval asylum in Philadelphia, and in 1869 was port admiral at Boston. He has published "Journal of a Cruise among the Islands of the Pacific " (New York, 1831).