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HISTORY

This is a listing of the Presidents, Secretaries of the Navy and the senior civilian attorney serving under them from 1862 to the present.
 

SOLICITORS GENERAL OF THE NAVY 1862-1941

PRESIDENT SECRETARY OF THE NAVY SOLICITOR GENERAL
Abraham Lincoln
4 Mar 1861- 15 Apr 1865
Gideon Welles
1861 - 1869
Nathaniel Wilson
1862 - Mar 1865
Andrew Johnson
15 Apr 1865 - 3 Mar 1869
William Eaton Chandler
Mar 1865 - Fall 1865
John Augustus Bolles
Fall 1865 - 25 May 1878
Ulysses S. Grant
4 Mar 1869 - 3 Mar 1877
Adolph E. Borie
1869
George M. Robeson
1869 - 1877
Rutherford B. Hayes
4 Mar 1877 - 3 Mar 1881
Richard W. Thompson
1877 - 1881
None
Nathan Goff, Jr.
1881
James Garfield
4 Mar 1881 - 19 Sep 1881
William Henry Hunt
1881-1882
None
Chester A. Arthur
19 Sep 1881 - 4 Mar 1885
William Eaton Chandler
1882 - 1885
None
Grover Cleveland
4 Mar 1885 - 4 Mar 1885
William Collins Whitney
1885 - 1889
None
Benjamin Harrison
4 Mar 1889 - 4 Mar 1893
Benjamin Franklin Tracy
1889 - 1893
None
Grover Cleveland
4 Mar 1893 - 4 Mar 1897
Hilary Abner Herbert
1893 - 1897
None
William McKinley
4 Mar 1897 - 14 Sep 1901
John D. Long
1897 - 1901
Edwin P. Hanna
1 Jul 1899 - 3 Jul 1909
Theodore Roosevelt
14 Sep 1901 - 3 Mar 1909
William H. Moody
1901 - 1904
Paul Morton
1904 - 1905
Charles J. Bonaparte
1905 - 1906
Victor M. Metcalf
1906 - 1908
Truman H. Newberry
1908 - 1909
William Howard Taft
4 Mar 1909 - 3 Mar 1913
George von L. Meyer
1909 - 1913
Henry M. Butler
1 Feb 1910 - 31 Mar 1911
Tristam B. Johnson
1 Apr 1911 - 16 Jul 1911
Harry W. Miller
03 Jan 1912 - 9 Aug 1913
Woodrow Wilson
4 Mar 1913 - 3 Mar 1921
Josephus Daniels
1913 - 1921
Graham Egerton
1913-1921
Warren G. Harding
4 Mar 1921- 2 Aug 1923
Edwin Denby
1921 - 1924
Pickens Neagle
2 Sep 1921 - 30 Jun 1929
Calvin Coolidge
2 aug 1923 - 3 Mar 1929
Curtis D. Wilbur
1924 - 1929
Herbert Hoover
4 Mar 1929 - 3 Mar 1933
Charles Francis Adams
1929 - 1933
None

GENERAL COUNSELS OF THE NAVY 1941 - Current

PRESIDENT SECRETARY OF THE NAVY GENERAL COUNSEL
Franklin D. Roosevelt
4 Mar 1933 - 12 Apr 1945
Franklin Knox
11 Jul 1?40 - 28 Apr 1944
H. Struve Hensel
10 Jul 1941 - 30 Jan 1945
James V. Forrestal
19 May 1944- 17 Sep 1947
W. John Kenney
5 Feb 1945 - 2 Apr 1945
Harry S. Truman
12 Apr 1945 - 20 Jan 1953
Patrick H. Hodgson
3 Apr 1945 - 31 Oct 1945
J. Henry Neale
1 Nov 1945 - 26 Jul 1946
William Wemple
27 Jul 1946 - 23 Aug 1946
James T. Hill, Jr.
24 Aug 1946 - 15 May 1947
John L. Sullivan
18 Sep 1947 - 24 May 1949
Hudson B. Cox
16 May 1947 - 29 Apr 1949
Francis P. Matthews
25 May 1949 - 31 Jul 1951
Harold B. Gross
30 Apr 1949 - 30 Aug 1953
Dan A. Kimball
31 Jul 1951 - 20 Jan 1953
Dwight D. Eisenhower
20 Jan 1953 - 20 Jan 1961
Robert B. Anderson
04 Feb 1953 - 02 May 1954
F. Trowbridge vom Baur
15 Dec 1953 - 30 Apr 1960
Charles S. Thomas
3 May 1954 - 31 Mar 1957
Thomas S. Gates, Jr.
1 Apr 1957 - 7 Jun 1959
William B. Franke
8 Jun 1959 - 20 Jan 1961
Meritt H. Steger
2 May 1960 - 31 May 1971
John F. Kennedy
20 Jan 1961 - 22 Nov 1963
John B. Connally, Jr.
23 Jan 1961- - 20 Dec 1962
Fred H. Korth
3 Jan 1963 - 1 Nov 1963
Lyndon B. Johnson
22 Nov 1963 - 20 Jan 1969
Paul H. Nitze
27 Nov 1963 - 30 Jun 1967
Paul R. Ignatius
1 Sep 1967 - 24 Jan 1969
Richard M. Nixon
20 Jan 1969 - 9 Aug 1974
John H. Chafee
31 Jan 1969 - 4 May 1972
Hart T. Mankin
7 Jun 1971 - 21 Jul 1973
John W. Warner
4 May 1972 - 9 Apr 1974
E. Grey Lewis
1 Aug 1973 - 21 Apr 1977
Gerald R. Ford
9 Aug 1974 - 20 Jan 1977
J. William Middendorf, II
20 Jun 1974 - 20 Jan 1977
James Earl Carter
?20 Jan 1977 - 20 Jan 1981
W. Graham Claytor, Jr.
14 Feb 1977 - 24 Aug 1979
Togo D. West, Jr.
22 Apr 1977 - 13 Jan 1979
Edward Hidalgo
24 Oct 1979 - 20 Jan 1981
Coleman Hicks
25 May 1979 - 13 Jan 1981
Ronald Reagan
20 Jan 1981- 20 Jan 1989
John Lehman, Jr.
5 Feb 1981 - 10 Apr 1987
Hugh O'Neill (Acting)
Jun 1981 - 24 Aug 1981
Walter T. Skallerup, Jr.
24 Aug 1981 - 29 Jul 1987
James H. Webb, Jr.
10 Apr 1987 - 23 Feb 1988
Harvey J. Wilcox (Deputy GC)
29 Jul 1987 - 21 Nov 1988
William Ball
May 1988 - Jan 1989
Lawrence L. Lamade
22 Nov 1988 - 21 Nov 1989
George Bush
20 Jan 1989 - 20 Jan 1993
W. Lawrence Garrett
1989 - 26 Jun 1992
Craig S. King
22 Nov 1989 - 20 Jan 1993
Sean O'Keefe
6 Jul 1992 - 20 Jan 1993
William J. Clinton
20 Jan 1993 - 20 Jan 2001
John H. Dalton
1993 - Nov 1998
Steven S. Honigman
1 Jun 1993 - 15 Mar 1998
 
Eugene Angrist (Deputy GC)
15 Mar 1998 - 28 Sep 1998
Richard Danzig
Nov 1998 -
Stephen W. Preston
28 Sep 1998 - 17 Nov 2000
 
Robert B. Pirie, Jr., (Acting)
Nov 2000 - 24 May 2001
John E. Sparks (Acting)
17 Nov 2001 - 12 Dec 2000
William Molzahn (Deputy GC)
12 Dec 2000 - 25 Jul 2001
George W. Bush
20 Jan 2001 - 20 Jan 2009
Gordon R. England
24 May 2001 - 24 Jan 2003
Alberto Jose Mora
25 Jul 2001 -  1 Jan 2006
Susan Morrisey Livingstone (Acting)
24 Jan 2003 - 7 Feb 2003
H. T. Johnson (Acting)
7 Feb 2003 - 1 Oct 2003
Gordon R. England
1 Oct 2003 - 3 Jan 2006
Donald C. Winter
3 Jan 2006 - 13 Mar 2009
Paul C Ney, Jr. (Acting)
2 Jan 2006 - 25 Sep 2006
Frank R. Jimenez
25 Sep 2006 - 30 Apr 2009
Barack H. Obama
20 Jan 2009 -
Ray Mabus
19 May 2009 -

Anne M. Brennan (Acting)
30 April 2009 - 11 March 2010
Paul Luis Oostburg Sanz
12 March 2010

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