Category: US Secretaries of War

Categories: Cabinet of the United States | US Department of War


The Secretary of War was a member of the United States President's Cabinet, beginning with George Washington's administration. A similar position, called either "Secretary at War" or "Secretary of War," was appointed to serve the Congress of the Confederation under the Articles of Confederation between 1781 and 1789. Benjamin Lincoln and later Henry Knox held the position. When Washington was inaugurated as the first president under the Constitution, he appointed Knox to continue serving.

With the creation of the Department of the Air Force in 1947, the War Department was renamed the Department of the Army. In 1949 the Department of the Army, Department of the Air Force and Department of the Navy were made subordinate components of the newly created Department of Defense and were no longer cabinet level positions.


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  • William Learned Marcy 12 Dec 1786 Southbridge, Worcester County, Massachusetts, United States - 4 Jul 1857
  • James Monroe 28 Apr 1758 Monroe's Creek, Westmoreland County, Colony of Virginia - 4 Jul 1831

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  • Alexander Ramsey 8 Sep 1815 Hummelstown, Dauphin, Pennsylvania, United States - 22 Apr 1903
  • Elihu Root 15 Feb 1845 Clinton, New York, United States - 7 Feb 1937

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  • Alphonso Taft 5 Nov 1810 Townshend, Windham, Vermont, United States - 21 May 1891
  • William Howard Taft 15 Sep 1857 Cincinnati, Hamilton, Ohio, United States - 8 Mar 1930

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