George Little was born 10 April 1754 at Marshfield, Massachusetts. He was appointed first lieutenant of the Massachusetts ship Protector in 1779, and was aboard in 1781 when she fought a running battle with the British ship Thames. In a subsequent engagement he was captured, imprisoned, but later escaped.

Little was given command of Massachusetts ship Winthrop, which captured two British privateers, armed brig Meriam and a number of other vessels.

Commissioned captain, USN, 4 March 1799, Little was given command of frigate Boston. He culminated a brilliant fighting career during the quasi-war with France by capturing Le Berceau and seven other ships. Little died at Weymouth, Massachusetts 22 July 1809.

Source: Naval History & Heritage Command including Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships.