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DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY -- NAVAL HISTORY AND HERITAGE COMMAND

Secretaries of the Navy

These individuals have served as Secretary of the Navy since the office was established 18 June 1798:

NAME                       TENURE

Benjamin Stoddert........................ 18 Jun 1798 - 31 Mar 1801
Robert Smith................................. 27 Jul 1801 - 7 Mar 1809
Paul Hamilton................................ 15 May 1809 - 31 Dec 1812
William Jones................................ 19 Jan 1813 - 1 Dec 1814
Benjamin W. Crowninshield........... 16 Jan 1815 - 30 Sep 1818
Smith Thompson.............................1 Jan 1819 - 31 Aug 1823
Samuel Southard............................ 16 Sep 1823 - 3 Mar 1829
John Branch................................... 9 Mar 1829 - 12 May 1831
Levi Woodbury.............................. 23 May 1831 - 30 Jun 1834
Mahlon Dickerson.......................... 1 Jul 1834 - 30 Jun 1838
James K. Paulding.......................... l Jul 1838 - 3 Mar 1841
George E. Badger........................... 6 Mar 1841 - 11 Sep 1841
Abel P. Upshur.............................. 11 Oct 1841 - 23 Jul 1843
David Henshaw.............................. 24 Jul 1843 - 18 Feb 1844
Thomas W. Gilmer..........................19 Feb 1844 - 28 Feb 1844
John Y. Mason.............................. 26 Mar 1844 - 10 Mar 1845
George Bancroft............................ 11 Mar 1845 - 9 Sep 1846
John Y. Mason.............................. 10 Sep 1846 - 7 Mar 1849
William B. Preston..........................8 Mar 1849 - 22 Jul 1850
Wiliam A. Graham..........................2 Aug 1850 - 25 Jul 1852
John P. Kennedy........................... 26 Jul 1852 - 7 Mar 1853
James C. Dobbin........................... 8 Mar 1853 - 6 Mar 1857
Isaac Toucey..................................7 Mar 1857 - 6 Mar 1861
Gideon Welles............................... 7 Mar 1861 - 3 Mar 1869
Adolph E. Borie............................ 9 Mar 1869 - 25 Jun 1869
George M. Robeson...................... 26 Jun 1869 - 12 Mar 1877
Richard W. Thompson.................. 13.Mar 1877 - 20 Dec 1880
Nathan Goff, Jr..............................7 Jan 1881 - 6 Mar1881
William H. Hunt.............................7 Mar 1881 - 16 Apr 1882
William E. Chandler...................... 16 Apr 1882 - 6 Mar 1885
William C. Whitney........................7 Mar 1885 - 5 Mar 1889
Benjamin F. Tracy......................... 6 Mar 1889 - 6 Mar 1893
Hilary A. Herbert.......................... 7 Mar 1893 - 5 Mar 1897
John D. Long.................................6 Mar 1897 - 30 Apr 1902
William H. Moody........................ 1 May 1902 - 30 Jun 1904
Paul Morton...................................1 Jul 1904 - 30 Jun 1905
Charles J. Bonaparte......................1 Jul 1905 - 16 Dec 1906
Victor H. Metcalf.......................... 17 Dec 1906 - 30 Nov 1908
Truman H. Newberry.....................1 Dec 1908 - 5 Mar 1909
George von L. Meyer.................... 6.Mar 1909 - 4 Mar 1913
Josephus Daniels............................5 Mar 1913 - 5 Mar 1921
Edwin Denby.................................6 Mar 1921 - 10 Mar 1924
Curtis D. Wilbur.............................19 Mar 1924 - 4 Mar 1929
Charles F. Adams..........................5 Mar 1929 - 4 Mar 1933
Claude A. Swanson...................... 4 Mar 1933 - 7 Jul 1939
Charles Edison...............................2 Jan 1940 - 24 Jun 1940
Frank Knox...................................11 Jul 1940 - 28 Apr 1944
James Forrestal............................. 19 May 1944 - 17 Sep 1947
John L. Sullivan..............................18 Sep 1947 - 24 May 1949
Francis P. Matthews...................... 25 May 1949 - 31 Jul 1951
Dan A. Kimball..............................31 Jul 1951 - 20 Jan 1953
Robert B. Anderson.......................4 Feb 1953 - 3 Mar 1954
Charles S. Thomas........................ 3 May 1954 - 1 Apr 1957
Thomas S. Gates........................... 1 Apr 1957 - 8 Jun 1959
William B.Franke............................8 Jun 1959 - 19 Jan 1961
John B. Connally, Jr....................... 25 Jan 1961 - 20 Dec 1961
Fred Korth.....................................4 Jan 1962 - 1 Nov 1963
Paul B. Fay (acting)........................2 Nov 1963 - 28 Nov 1963
Paul H. Nitze................................. 29 Nov 1963 - 30 Jun 1967
Charles F. Baird (acting)................ 1 Jul 1967 - 31 Aug 1967
Paul R. Ignatius...............................1 Sep 19 - 24 Jan 1969
John H. Chafee...............................31 Jan 1969 - 4 May 1972
John W. Warner.............................4 May 1972 - 8 Apr 1974
J. William Middendorf....................8 Apr 1974 - 20 Jan 1977
W. Graham Claytor, Jr...................14 Feb 1977 - 24 Aug 1979
Edward Hidalgo..............................24 Oct 1979 - 20 Jan 1981
John Lehman..................................5 Feb 1981 - 10 Apr 1987
James H. Webb............................. 1 May 1987 - 23 Feb 1988
William L. Ball............................... 28 Mar 1988 - 15 May 1989
Henry L. Garrett III........................15 May 1989 - 26 Jun 1992
Daniel Howard (acting)...................26 Jun 1992 - 7 July 1992
Sean O'Keefe.................................2 Oct 1992 - 20 Jan 1993
ADM Frank B. Kelso, II (acting)... 2 Jan 1993 - 21 Jul 1993
John H. Dalton...............................22 Jul 1993 - 16 Nov 1998
Richard Danzig...............................16 Nov 1998 - 20 Jan 2001
Robert B. Pirie, Jr.(acting)...............20 Jan 2001 - 24 May 2001
Gordon R. England.........................24 May 2001 - 24 January 2003
Susan M. Livington (acting).............24 January 2003 - 7 February 2003
Hanford T. Johnson (acting)............7 February 2003 - 1 October 2003
Gordon R. England.........................1 October 2003 - 28 December 2005
Donald C. Winter...........................3 January 2006 - 13 March 2009
Raymond Edwin "Ray" Mabus........18 June 2009 - present