Past Secretaries of the Navy
Secretaries of the Navy 1798 - 1825 Secretaries of the Navy 1900 - 1925
Secretaries of the Navy 1825 - 1850 Secretaries of the Navy 1925 - 1950
Secretaries of the Navy 1850 - 1875 Secretaries of the Navy 1950 - 1975
Secretaries of the Navy 1875 - 1900 Secretaries of the Navy 1975 to the present

NOTE: If date in office spans two tables, the entry will be in the table of which office was started.


1798 - 1825

Office Year Name Birthdate
June 18, 1798 -
March 31, 1801
Benjamin Stoddert 1751
July 27, 1801-
March 7, 1809
Robert Smith November 1757
May 15, 1809 -
December 31, 1812
Paul Hamilton October 16, 1762
January 19, 1813 -
January 12, 1814
William Jones 1760
January 16, 1815 -
September 30, 1818
Benjamin W. Crowninshield December 27, 1772
January 1, 1819 -
August 31, 1823
Smith Thompson January 17, 1768
September 16, 1823 -
March 3, 1829
Samuel Southard June 9, 1787

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1825 - 1850

Office Year Name Birthdate
March 9, 1829 -
May 12, 1831
John Branch November 4, 1782
May 23, 1831 -
June 30, 1834
Levi Woodbury December 22, 1789
July 1, 1834 -
June 30, 1838
Mahlon Dickerson April 17, 1770
July 1, 1838 -
March 3, 1841
James K. Paulding August 27, 1778
March 6, 1841 -
September 11,1841
George E. Badger April 13, 1795
October 11, 1841 -
July 23, 1843
Abel P. Upshur June 17, 1790
July 24, 1843 -
February 18, 1844
David Henshaw April 2, 1791
February 19, 1844 -
February 28, 1844
Thomas W. Gilmer April 6, 1802
March 26, 1844 -
March 10, 1845
John Y. Mason April 18, 1799
March 11, 1845 -
September 9, 1846
George Bancroft October 3, 1800
September 10, 1846 -
March 7, 1849
John Y. Mason April 18, 1799
March 8, 1849 -
July 22, 1850
William B. Preston November 25, 1805

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1850 - 1875

Office Year Name Birthdate (if known)
August 2, 1850 -
July 25, 1852
William A. Graham September 5, 1804
July 26, 1852 -
March 7, 1853
John P. Kennedy October 25, 1795
March 8, 1853 -
March 6, 1857
James C. Dobbin 1804
March 7, 1857 -
March 6, 1861
Isaac Toucey November 5, 1796
March 7, 1861 -
March 3, 1869
Gideon Welles July 1, 1802
March 9, 1869 -
June 25, 1869
Adolph E. Borie November 25, 1809
June 26, 1869 -
March 12, 1877
George M. Robeson 1829

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1875 - 1900

Office Year Name Birthdate
March 13, 1877 -
December 20, 1880
Richard W. Thompson June 12, 1823
January 7, 1881 -
March 6, 1881
Nathan Goff, Jr. October 9, 1843
March 7, 1881 -
April 16, 1882
William H. Hunt June 12, 1823
April 16, 1882 -
March 6, 1885
William E. Chandler Dec 28, 1835
March 7, 1885 -
March 5, 1889
William C. Whitney July 5, 1841
March 6, 1889 -
March 6, 1893
Benjamin F. Tracy April 26, 1830
March 7, 1893 -
March 6, 1897
Hilary A. Herbert March 12, 1834
March 6, 1897 -
April 30, 1902
John D. Long October 27, 1838

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1900 - 1925

Office Year Name Birthdate
May 1, 1902 -
June 30, 1904
William H. Moody December 23, 1853
July 1, 1904 -
June 30, 1905
Paul Morton 1857
July 1, 1905 -
December 16, 1906
Charles J. Bonaparte June 9, 1851
December 17, 1906 -
November 30, 1908
Victor H. Metcalf October 10, 1853
December 1, 1908 -
March 5, 1909
Truman H. Newberry November 5, 1864
March 6, 1909 -
March 4, 1913
George von L. Meyer January 24, 1858
March 5, 1913 -
March 5, 1921
Josephus Daniels May 18, 1862
March 6, 1921 -
March 10, 1924
Edwin Denby February 18, 1870

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1925 - 1950

Office Year Name Birthdate
March 19, 1924 -
March 4, 1929
Curtis D. Wilbur May 10, 1867
March 5, 1929 -
March 4, 1933
Charles F. Adams August 2, 1866
March 4, 1933 -
July 7, 1939
Claude A. Swanson March 31, 1862
January 2, 1940 -
June 24, 1940
Charles Edison August 3, 1890
July 11, 1940 -
April 28, 1944
Frank Knox January 1, 1874
May 19, 1944 -
September 17, 1947
James Forrestal February 15, 1892
September 18, 1947 -
May 24, 1949
John L. Sullivan June 16, 1899
May 25, 1949 -
July 31, 1951
Francis P. Matthews March 15, 1892

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1950 - 1975

Office Year Name Birthdate
July 31, 1951 -
January 20, 1953
Dan A. Kimball March 1, 1896
February 4, 1953 -
May 3, 1954
Robert B. Anderson June 4, 1910
May 3, 1954 -
April 1, 1957
Charles S. Thomas September 28, 1897
April 1, 1957 -
June 8, 1959
Thomas S. Gates April 10, 1906
June 8, 1959 -
January 19, 1961
William B. Franke April 15, 1894
January 25, 1961 -
December 20, 1961
John B. Connally, Jr. February 27, 1917
January 4, 1962 -
November 1, 1963
Fred Korth September 9, 1909
November 2, 1963 -
November 28, 1963
Paul B. Fay (acting) July 8, 1918
November 29, 1963 -
June 30, 1967
Paul H. Nitze January 16, 1907
July 1, 1967 -
August 31, 1967
Charles F. Baird (acting) September 4, 1922
September 1, 1967 -
January 24, 1969
Paul R. Ignatius November 11, 1920
January 31, 1969 -
May 4, 1972
John H. Chafee October 22, 1922
May 4, 1972 -
April 8, 1974
John H. Warner February 18, 1927
April 8, 1974 -
January 20, 1977
J. William Middendorf September 22, 1924

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1975 to Present

Office Year Name Birthdate
February 14, 1977 -
August 24, 1979
W. Graham Claytor, Jr. March 14, 1912
October 24, 1979 -
January 20, 1981
Edward Hidalgo October 12, 1912
February 5, 1981 -
April 10, 1987
John Lehman September 14, 1942
May 1, 1987 -
February 23, 1988
James H. Webb February 9, 1946
March 28, 1988 -
May 15, 1989
William L. Ball June 10, 1948
May 15, 1989 -
June 26, 1992
Henry L. Garrett III June 24, 1939
June 26, 1992 -
July 7, 1992
Daniel Howard (acting)
Oct 2, 1992 -
January 20, 1993
Sean O'Keefe January 27, 1956
January 2, 1993 -
July 21, 1993
Adm Frank B. Kelso II (acting)
July 22, 1993 -
November 16, 1998
John H. Dalton December 13, 1941
November 16, 1998 -
January 20, 2001
Richard Danzig 1944
January 20, 2001 -
May 24, 2001
Robert B. Pirie, Jr. (Acting) September 10, 1933
May 24, 2001 -
January 24, 2003
Gordon R. England September 15, 1937
January 24, 2003 -
February 7, 2003
Susan Morissey Livington (Acting)
February 7, 2003 -
October 1, 2003
Hanford T. Johnson (Acting)
October 1, 2003 -
December 28, 2005
Gordon R. England September 15, 1937
January 3, 2006 -
March 13, 2009
Donald C. Winter
March 13, 2009 -
May 19, 2009
B.J. Penn (Acting)
May 19, 2009 -
Present
Ray Mabus

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