Hood, Samuel, First Viscount Hood (1724โ€“1816), a British naval officer. Hood entered the navy in 1741. He was commander of the North American fleet, 1767โ€“70. During the American Revolution he fought the French in American waters. Hood commanded the Mediterranean fleet, 1793โ€“94, against the French revolutionaries. He was made admiral in 1794 and viscount in 1796.