Foote, Andrew Hull (1806–1863), a United States naval officer. As commander of Union naval forces in the upper Mississippi valley early in the Civil War, Foote worked closely with General U. S. Grant. Using iron-clad vessels, Foote captured Fort Henry in February, 1862, breaking the Confederate line of defense in northern Tennessee. Foote was promoted to rear admiral, but died before seeing further action.
Foote was born in New Haven, Connecticut. He became a midshipman in 1822. An ardent temperance advocate, he was the first naval officer to abolish the liquor ration on his ships. During 1849–51 he patrolled the African coast, energetically taking measures to halt the illegal slave trade.