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Encyclopedia > William W. Belknap
William Worth Belknap

31st United States Secretary of War
In office
October 25, 1869 – March 2, 1876
Preceded by William Tecumseh Sherman
Succeeded by Alphonso Taft
Born September 22, 1829
Newburgh, New York, USA
Died October 13, 1890
Washington, D.C., USA
Political party Republican
Spouse Cora LeRoy
Carrie Tomlinson
Mrs. John Bower
Profession General, Lawyer, Politician

William Worth Belknap (September 22, 1829October 13, 1890) was a United States Army general, government administrator, and United States Secretary of War. He is the only Cabinet secretary to have ever been impeached by the United States House of Representatives. Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (2501x3408, 461 KB) File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): William W. Belknap ... The Secretary of War was a member of the Presidents Cabinet, beginning with George Washingtons administration. ... October 25 is the 298th day of the year (299th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1869 (MDCCCLXIX) is a common year starting on Friday (link will take you to calendar) of the Gregorian calendar or a common year starting on Sunday of the 12-day-slower Julian calendar. ... March 2 is the 61st day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (62nd in leap years). ... 1876 (MDCCCLXXVI) was a leap year starting on Saturday. ... William Tecumseh Sherman (February 8, 1820 – February 14, 1891) was an American soldier, businessman, educator, and author. ... Alphonso Taft (November 5, 1810 – May 21, 1891) was the Attorney General and Secretary of War under President Ulysses S. Grant and the founder of an American political dynasty. ... September 22 is the 265th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (266th in leap years). ... Johann Wolfgang von Goethe 1829 was a common year starting on Thursday (see link for calendar). ... Newburgh is a city located in Orange County, New York. ... October 13 is the 286th day of the year (287th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1890 (MDCCCXC) was a common year starting on Wednesday (see link for calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Friday of the Julian calendar). ... Nickname: DC, The District Motto: Justitia Omnibus (Justice for All) Location of Washington, D.C. in relation to the states Maryland and Virginia. ... The Republican Party (often referred to as the GOP, for Grand Old Party) is one of the two major political organizations in the United States two party system; the Democratic Party is the other. ... A General is an officer of high military rank. ... English barrister 16th century painting of a civil law notary, by Flemish painter Quentin Massys. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... September 22 is the 265th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (266th in leap years). ... Johann Wolfgang von Goethe 1829 was a common year starting on Thursday (see link for calendar). ... October 13 is the 286th day of the year (287th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1890 (MDCCCXC) was a common year starting on Wednesday (see link for calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Friday of the Julian calendar). ... The United States Army is the largest branch of the United States armed forces and has primary responsibility for land-based military operations. ... The Secretary of War was a member of the Presidents Cabinet, beginning with George Washingtons administration. ... Cabinet meeting on May 16, 2001. ... The impeachment trial of President Bill Clinton in 1999, Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist presiding. ... Seal of the House of Representatives The United States House of Representatives (or simply the House) is one of the two chambers of the United States Congress, the other being the Senate. ...


Born in Newburgh, New York, he graduated from Princeton University in 1848 and studied law at Georgetown University. In 1851, Belknap was admitted to the bar, moved to Keokuk, Iowa and entered the practice of law. He served in the state legislature from 1857 to 1858. Newburgh is both a city and a town in Orange County, New York. ... Princeton University is a coeducational private university located in Princeton, New Jersey in the United States of America. ... Georgetown University is a private university in the United States, located in Georgetown, a neighborhood of Washington, D.C. It is both the oldest Roman Catholic and oldest Jesuit university in the United States, having been founded on January 23, 1789 by Archbishop John Carroll. ... 1851 (MDCCCLI) was a common year starting on Wednesday (see link for calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Friday of the 12-day-slower Julian calendar). ... Keokuk is a city in Lee County, Iowa, United States. ...


In 1861, he was commissioned major in the 15th Iowa Infantry and participated in the Civil War battles of Shiloh, Corinth, and Vicksburg In 1864, Belknap was promoted to brigadier general and given command of the 4th Division, XVII Corps and participated in General Sherman's operations in Georgia and the Carolinas. He was mustered out of service as a major general in 1865. Combatants United States of America (Union) Confederate States of America (Confederacy) Commanders Abraham Lincoln, Ulysses S. Grant Jefferson Davis, Robert Edward Lee Strength 2,200,000 1,064,000 Casualties 110,000 killed in action, 360,000 total dead, 275,200 wounded 93,000 killed in action, 258,000 total... Combatants United States of America Confederate States of America Commanders Ulysses S. Grant Don Carlos Buell Albert Sidney Johnston† P.G.T. Beauregard Strength Army of West Tennessee (48,894) and Army of the Ohio (17,918) Army of Mississippi (44,699) Casualties 13,047 (1,754 killed, 8,408... The Battle of Corinth I (also known as the Siege of Corinth) was a United States Civil War battle fought from April 29, 1862 – June 10, 1862 in Corinth, Mississippi. ... Combatants United States of America Confederate States of America Commanders Ulysses S. Grant John C. Pemberton Strength Army of the Tennessee Army of Vicksburg Casualties 10,142 9,091 (30,000 paroled) The Battle of Vicksburg or Siege of Vicksburg was the final significant battle in the Vicksburg Campaign of... William Tecumseh Sherman (February 8, 1820 – February 14, 1891) was an American soldier, businessman, educator, and author. ...


He married and lost his first two wives, Cora LeRoy and Carrie Tomlinson, and married Mrs. John Bower, his second wife's sister. From 1865 to 1869, Belknap was collector of internal revenue in Iowa. From October 25, 1869 to March 2, 1876, he served as Secretary of War under President Ulysses S. Grant. This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... October 25 is the 298th day of the year (299th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1869 (MDCCCLXIX) is a common year starting on Friday (link will take you to calendar) of the Gregorian calendar or a common year starting on Sunday of the 12-day-slower Julian calendar. ... March 2 is the 61st day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (62nd in leap years). ... 1876 (MDCCCLXXVI) was a leap year starting on Saturday. ... The Secretary of War was a member of the Presidents Cabinet, beginning with George Washingtons administration. ... The presidential seal was used by President Hayes in 1880 and last modified in 1959 by adding the 50th star for Hawaii. ... Ulysses S. Grant (born Hiram Ulysses Grant, April 27, 1822 – July 23, 1885) was an American general and politician who was elected the 18th President of the United States (1869–1877). ...


Belknap recommended that Congress act to fix May 1 as the start of the fiscal year, inaugurated the preparation of historical reports by post commanders and proposed actions to preserve Yellowstone National Park. He was impeached by a unanimous vote of the House of Representatives for allegedly having received money in return for post tradership appointments. He resigned the secretaryship before being brought to trial in March 1876, was tried by the United States Senate, but the vote fell short of the two-thirds required for conviction. Allegedly, most of those who voted to acquit felt that Belknap's resignation removed their jurisdiction in the case. May 1 is the 121st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (122nd in leap years). ... Yellowstone National Park is a U.S. National Park located in the states of Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho. ... The impeachment trial of President Bill Clinton in 1999, Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist presiding. ... Seal of the U.S. Senate The United States Senate is one of the two chambers of the Congress of the United States, the other being the House of Representatives. ...


Belknap moved to Philadelphia, then returned to Washington to resume the practice of law. He died from a heart attack in Washington, D.C., on October 13, 1890. A myocardial infarction occurs when an atherosclerotic plaque slowly builds up in the inner lining of a coronary artery and then suddenly ruptures, totally occluding the artery and preventing blood flow downstream. ... Nickname: DC, The District Motto: Justitia Omnibus (Justice for All) Location of Washington, D.C. in relation to the states Maryland and Virginia. ... October 13 is the 286th day of the year (287th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1890 (MDCCCXC) was a common year starting on Wednesday (see link for calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Friday of the Julian calendar). ...


References

  • Army biography

External links

  • William Belknap's Photo & Gravesite
Preceded by:
William Tecumseh Sherman
(interim)
United States Secretary of War
1869–1876
Succeeded by:
Alphonso Taft

 
 

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