George Edmund Badger
|United States Senator
from North Carolina
November 25, 1846 – March 3, 1855
|Preceded by||William Haywood|
|Succeeded by||Asa Biggs|
|12th United States Secretary of the Navy|
March 6, 1841 – September 11, 1841
|President||William Henry Harrison
|Preceded by||James Paulding|
|Succeeded by||Abel Upshur|
April 17, 1795|
New Bern, North Carolina, British America
|Died||May 11, 1866
Raleigh, North Carolina, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Rebecca Turner (1818–1824)
Mary Polk (1826–1834)
Delia Haywood Williams (1836–1866)
|Alma mater||Yale University|
Badger was born on April 17, 1795 in New Bern, North Carolina. Following a partial college education at Yale University, he studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1814. Badger practiced law in North Carolina, was active in state politics, and served as a state superior court judge. A supporter of Andrew Jackson from the 1820s, he separated with him in the mid-1830s, became a leader of the Whig party and helped carry the Whigs to victory in the 1840 Presidential election.
Upon taking office, President William Henry Harrison appointed Badger as his Secretary of the Navy, and he continued in that post when John Tyler succeeded to the Presidency upon Harrison's death. Badger's brief term as Secretary was marked by efforts to strengthen the Navy in the face of tension with Great Britain, the establishment of the Home Squadron and continued interest in steamships.
Badger resigned in September 1841, during a general cabinet shakeup. He was elected to the Senate in 1846 to fill the unexpired term of William Henry Haywood, Jr. and remained a Senator until 1855. He was nominated by President Millard Fillmore as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court in 1853, but was not confirmed by the Senate. John Archibald Campbell instead got the position. He was a Unionist during the secession crisis but thereafter supported the Confederate war effort. Badger died in Raleigh, North Carolina on May 11, 1866.
Two Navy ships have been named in honor of Senator Badger: USS George E. Badger (DD-196), and USS Badger (FF-1071). A Liberty ship, the SS George E. Badger, also was named in his honor. Badger was a cousin of naval officers Oscar C. Badger, Charles J. Badger and Oscar C. Badger II.
- This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
- This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the Naval History & Heritage Command.
- George Edmund Badger at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
- George Edmund Badger entry at The Political Graveyard
- George Edmund Badger at Find a Grave
- George E. Badger at Naval Historical Center
|United States Secretary of the Navy
|United States Senate|
|U.S. Senator (Class 1) from North Carolina
Served alongside: Willie Mangum, David Reid