James Vincent

James Vincent

Forrestal, James Vincent, 1892-1949, U.S. secretary of the navy (1944-47) and secretary of defense (1947-49), b. Beacon, N.Y. He was a naval aviator in World War I and later began (1923) a career as an investment banker. He was appointed administrative assistant to President Franklin Delano Roosevelt (June, 1940), under secretary of the navy (Aug., 1940), and secretary of the navy (1944) as successor to Frank Knox. With the reorganization of the War and the Navy departments, he became the first secretary of defense (see Defense, United States Department of). Illness forced his resignation, and he later committed suicide.

See study by C. Simpson (1967); biography by T. Hoopes and D. Brinkley (1992).

(born Feb. 15, 1892, Beacon, N.Y., U.S.—died May 22, 1949, Bethesda, Md.) U.S. secretary of defense (1947–49). After serving in naval aviation in World War I, he resumed his connection with a New York City investment firm, of which he became president in 1938. Appointed undersecretary of the navy in 1940, he directed the huge naval expansion and procurement programs of World War II. He became secretary of the navy in 1944. Appointed the first secretary of defense in 1947, he began to reorganize and coordinate the armed services. He resigned in 1949. Suffering from a depression similar to battle fatigue, he entered Bethesda Naval Medical Center; soon after, he plunged to his death from a window.

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(born Feb. 15, 1892, Beacon, N.Y., U.S.—died May 22, 1949, Bethesda, Md.) U.S. secretary of defense (1947–49). After serving in naval aviation in World War I, he resumed his connection with a New York City investment firm, of which he became president in 1938. Appointed undersecretary of the navy in 1940, he directed the huge naval expansion and procurement programs of World War II. He became secretary of the navy in 1944. Appointed the first secretary of defense in 1947, he began to reorganize and coordinate the armed services. He resigned in 1949. Suffering from a depression similar to battle fatigue, he entered Bethesda Naval Medical Center; soon after, he plunged to his death from a window.

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James Vincent Cleary (18 September 182824 February 1898) was a Canadian Roman Catholic priest and Archbishop of Kingston, Ontario.

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