Talk:United States Secretary of War

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Well, who's the current one?

There isn't one... Travis Cleveland 03:47, 8 July 2007 (UTC)


Sherman was only acting Secretary of War. We usually don't list acting secretaries in our lists - we certainly don't keep them for numbering purposes. john k 00:51, 23 April 2007 (UTC)

Why not list him between 29 & 30 without a number (maybe just an *) with a footnote that says that he was the only acting Secretary of War? Otherwise, there is no way that anyone could get from this list to his page, and it leaves a hole in the list. RSStockdale 11:19, 9 August 2007 (UTC)

I Think We're Forgetting Something[edit]

Was the Secretary of War split into the Secretary of the Amy, Secretary of the Air force, AND the Secretary of the Navy? There is no mention of the Navy. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 16:59, 20 September 2007 (UTC)

The Secretary of the Navy already existed. I've tried to clarify the sentence. Station1 (talk) 20:54, 5 April 2009 (UTC)

Grant (and Sherman above)[edit]

Should we add Ulysses S. Grant (who served briefly as Secretary of War "ad-interim) and Acting Secretary of War Sherman to the list, albeit unnumbered? I don't see why not, and it would make the list more complete and matching modern Cabinet Secretary lists.--Tim Thomason 06:41, 26 July 2010 (UTC)

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Stanton was secretary under Lincoln as well[edit]

Stanton served for many years under Lincoln, and famously so. The article currently says he just served under Johnson.

I'm a newbie to wikipedia so couldn't figure out how to make the table look pretty :).

Sources: Goodwin, Doris Kearns. Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln (2005) on Lincoln's cabinet. Probably any source cited on Edwin Stanton

Cjrieds (talk) 19:38, 28 August 2012 (UTC)

Edwin Stanton[edit]

Anybody know how to fix the table, to show that Stanton was also Secretary under Andrew Johnson? GoodDay (talk) 11:23, 2 February 2013 (UTC)

Treasury 3rd, not War[edit]

Secretary of the Treasury is before Secretary of Defense in succession today. Was it changed or was this an oversight? (talk) 01:41, 19 November 2013 (UTC)

Corresponding presidents[edit]

McHenry was originally appointed by Washington, and Stimson by FDR, but this page shows them only as serving under Adams and Truman, respectively. In Stimson's case, this is in spite of the fact that he took office five years before Truman became president. Is there any way to show that these men served under multiple presidents.?Nathaniel Greene (talk) 03:47, 16 May 2014 (UTC)