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Gideon Welles - Secretary of the Navy

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Gideon Welles was a Lincoln cabinet member during both Administrations.  He continued in that position during Andrew Johnson's time in office. 

Many historians credit Welles' concept of a strong Navy with the Union's victory in the American Civil War.

Welles and his wife, Mary Jane, were friends of the Lincolns.  On the night the President was shot, and into the following day, Mrs. Welles stayed with Mrs. Lincoln despite her own illness. 

Gideon Welles opposed the trial of the conspiracy defendants by a Military Commission and made his thoughts known on the subject.


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Image of Gideon Welles online, courtesy U.S. National Archives.

 

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