• Born date: 1764-02-23
  • Born in: Connecticut
  • Death date: 1811-06-01
  • Death in: Brimfield, Massachusetts
William Eaton (soldier)

William Eaton (23 February 1764 – 1 June 1811) was a United States Army officer and the Consul to Tunis (1797–1803). He played an important diplomatic and military role in the First Barbary War between the United States and Tripoli (1801–05). He led the first foreign United States military victory at the Battle of Derne by capturing the Tripoli subject city of Derne in support of the restoration of the pasha, Hamet Caramelli.