Upshur's political reach became national when John Tyler became President of the United States in 1841 and selected him to become the 13th United States Secretary of the Navy in October of that year. His time with the Navy was marked by a strong emphasis on reform and reorganization and efforts to expand and modernize the service. He served from October 11, 1841 to July 23, 1843, and among his achievements were the replacement of the old Board of Navy Commissioners with the bureau system, regularization of the officer corps, increased Navy appropriations, construction of new sailing and steam warships, and the establishment of the United States Naval Observatory and Hydrographic Office.
AbelParker Upshur—born on 17 June 1791 in Northampton County, Va.—was admitted to the Virginia bar in 1810 and practiced law in Richmond.
Abel P. Upshur assumed duties at the Washington Navy Yard in March 1928 as a training ship for Naval Reserave personnel from the District of Columbia and continued this routine until 5 November 1930, when the ship was transferred to the Treasury Department.
Abel P. Upshur was returned to Navy custody on 21 May 1934 but was laid up at Philadelphia until 4 December 1939, when she was again placed in commission and assigned to the Atlantic Squadron.
Upshur County was originally part of Nacogdoches County, but later when Harrison County was organized, it was included in that county, therefore all of Upshur County was detached from Harrison.
AbelParkerUPSHUR, born 17 Jul 1791 in Virginia, served several terms in the Virginia Legislature and in 1826, was appointed to the Virginia Supreme Court.
When the Texas Legislature organized Upshur County, it said the new county should be named in honor of the late cabinet member, who was killed in 1844, in an explosion of the "Peacemaker" which was a large cannon, on the Navy war cruiser, "Princeton".
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