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President Ulysses S. Grant served two consecutives terms of office from March 4, 1869 to March 3, 1877. His cabinet fluxated between reformers who supported civil service reform and those who faced corruption charges in office. Grant himself established the first Civil Service Commission and ended the moiety system.

Secretary of State[edit]

Elihu B. Washburne[edit]

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Washburne's tenure as Secretary of State lasted for only eleven days. Grant had appointed Washburne for his sponsorship during the American Civil War. The idea was to give Washburne clout when he was to be appointed to minister to France. Grant's appointment came sooner then planned as Washburne became ill. Washburne served in France for eight years, where he became known for diplomatic integrity and his humanitarian support of Americans, other neutrals, and Germans in France during the Franco-Prussian War. For his efforts, he received formal praise from governments in both France and Germany. Washburne served under his successor Hamilton Fish.

Hamiliton Fish[edit]

Secretary of War[edit]

John A. Rawlins[edit]

William W. Belknap[edit]

Alphonso Taft[edit]

Department of Treasury[edit]

George S. Boutwell[edit]

William A. Richardson[edit]

Benjamin H. Bristow[edit]

Lot M. Morrill[edit]


The Grant Cabinet
Office Name Term
President Ulysses S. Grant 1869–1877
Vice President Schuyler Colfax 1869–1873
Henry Wilson 1873–1875
None 1875–1877
Secretary of State Elihu B. Washburne 1869
Hamilton Fish 1869–1877
Secretary of Treasury George S. Boutwell 1869–1873
William A. Richardson 1873–1874
Benjamin H. Bristow 1874–1876
Lot M. Morrill 1876–1877
Secretary of War John A. Rawlins 1869
William W. Belknap 1869–1876
Alphonso Taft 1876
J. Donald Cameron 1876–1877
Attorney General Ebenezer R. Hoar 1869–1870
Amos T. Akerman 1870–1871
George H. Williams 1871–1875
Edwards Pierrepont 1875–1876
Alphonso Taft 1876–1877
Postmaster General John A. J. Creswell 1869–1874
James W. Marshall 1874
Marshall Jewell 1874–1876
James N. Tyner 1876–1877
Secretary of the Navy Adolph E. Borie 1869
George M. Robeson 1869–1877
Secretary of the Interior Jacob D. Cox 1869–1870
Columbus Delano 1870–1875
Zachariah Chandler 1875–1877