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 for Nathan Hale
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  Nathan Hale
      n 1: a soldier of the American Revolution who was hanged as a
           spy by the British; his last words were supposed to have
           been `I only regret that I have but one life to give for my
           country' (1755-1776) [syn: Hale, Nathan Hale]

From The Jargon File (version 4.4.7, 29 Dec 2003) :

  Nathan Hale
   n.
  
      An asterisk (see also splat, ASCII). Oh, you want an etymology?
      Notionally, from ?I regret that I have only one asterisk for my country!?,
      a misquote of the famous remark uttered by Nathan Hale just before he was
      hanged. Hale was a (failed) spy for the rebels in the American War of
      Independence.
  

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (18 March 2015) :

  Nathan Hale
  
      An asterisk ("*", see also splat, ASCII).
     Notionally, from "I regret that I have only one asterisk for
     my country!" ("life to give" -> "ass to risk" -> "asterisk"),
     a misquote of the famous remark uttered by Nathan Hale just
     before he was hanged.  Hale was a (failed) spy for the rebels
     in the American War of Independence.
  
     [{Jargon File]
  
     (1996-09-22)
  

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