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John Davis Long


In office
January 8, 1880 – January 4, 1883
Lieutenant Byron Weston
Preceded by Thomas Talbot
Succeeded by Benjamin Franklin Butler

In office
March 6, 1897 – April 30, 1902
Preceded by Hilary A. Herbert
Succeeded by William Henry Moody

Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Massachusetts's 2nd district
In office
1883 – 1889
Preceded by Benjamin W. Harris
Succeeded by Elijah A. Morse

In office
1879 – 1880
Governor Thomas Talbot
Preceded by Horatio G. Knight
Succeeded by Byron Weston

Born October 27, 1838(1838-10-27)
Buckfield, Maine
Died August 28, 1915 (aged 76)
Hingham, Massachusetts
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Mary W. Glover (her death)
Agnes Pierce
Children Margaret Long
Helen Long
Pierce Long
Alma mater Harvard University

John Davis Long (October 27, 1838  – August 28, 1915) was a U.S. political figure. He served as Governor of Massachusetts between 1880 and 1883. He later served as the Secretary of the Navy from 1897 to 1902.

Born in Buckfield, Maine to Zadoc Long, he graduated from Harvard University in 1857 and practiced law in Maine and Massachusetts. Long then served as Speaker of the Massachusetts House of Representatives (1876–1879), Lieutenant Governor (1879), Governor (1880–1883) and Congressman from Massachusetts. He was present at the dedication of the Town Hall in Stoughton, Massachusetts on November 22, 1881.

Appointed 34th Secretary of the Navy by President William McKinley 5 March 1897, Long served with vision and efficiency through the next five years, organizing the Navy for the challenges of the Spanish-American War and the expansion that followed, and laying the groundwork for the growth of the "New American Navy" fostered by his former assistant, President Theodore Roosevelt.

Long resigned in 1902, returned to Massachusetts, and died at Hingham, Massachusetts in 1915.

USS Long (DD-209) was named for him.

In 1870, Long married Mary Woodward Glover, with whom he had two daughters, Margaret and Helen, before she died in 1882. In 1886 Long married Agnes Pierce; their son, Pierce, was born December 29, 1887.

References

John Davis Long was a member of the Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity (Alpha chapter).

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Political offices
Preceded by
Horatio G. Knight
Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts
1879–1880
Succeeded by
Byron Weston
Preceded by
Thomas Talbot
Governor of Massachusetts
1880–1883
Succeeded by
Benjamin Franklin Butler
United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Benjamin W. Harris
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Massachusetts's 2nd congressional district

1883 - 1889
Succeeded by
Elijah A. Morse
Military offices
Preceded by
Hilary A. Herbert
United States Secretary of the Navy
1897–1902
Succeeded by
William H. Moody

1911 encyclopedia

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From LoveToKnow 1911

'JOHN DAVIS LONG (1838-), American lawyer and political leader, was born in Buckfield, Oxford county, Maine, on the 27th of October 1838. He graduated at Harvard in 1857, studied law at the Harvard Law School and in 1861 was admitted to the bar. He practised in Boston, became active in politics as a Republican, was a member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives in1875-1878and its speaker in 1876-1878, lieutenant-governor of the state in 1879, and governor in 1880-1882. In1883-1889he was a member of the National House of Representatives, and from March 1897 to May 1902 was secretary of the navy, in the cabinet, first of President McKinley and then of President Roosevelt. In 1902 he became president of the Board of Overseers of Harvard College. His publications include a version of the Aeneid (1879),After- Dinner ' and Other Speeches (1895) and The New American Navy (1903).


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