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United States Assistant Secretary of War


United States Assistant Secretary of War

Flag of the United States Assistant Secretary of War

The United States Assistant Secretary of War was the second-ranking official within the American Department of War from 1861 to 1867, from 1882 to 1883, and from 1890 to 1940. According to the Military Laws of the United States, "The act of August 5, 1882 authorizing the appointment of an Assistant Secretary of War was repealed by the act of July 7, 1884 (23 Stat L., 331) the power conferred by the act of August 5, 1882 never having been exercised," indicating that the post was not filled between 1882 and 1883 (p. 45, footnote 2).

In 1940, the new position of United States Under Secretary of War replaced this position as the number-two office in the department. Assistant Secretary Robert P. Patterson became the first Under Secretary.[1]

The office continued to exercise administrative duties until the department's end in 1947, when the United States Department of Defense was established.


  • List of Assistant Secretaries of War 1
  • Assistant Secretary of War for Air 2
  • See also 3
  • References 4

List of Assistant Secretaries of War

This list only includes those persons who served as the Assistant Secretary, or First Assistant Secretary. At various times, there were also "second" or "third" assistant secretaries, ranking below the Assistant Secretary.

Assistant Secretary of War for Air

The Air Corps Act of 1926 (44 Stat. 780), passed on July 2 of that year,[17] created a Second Assistant Secretary position in the War Department variously called "Assistant Secretary of War for Aviation," "Assistant Secretary of War for Air," or "Assistant Secretary of War for Aeronautics." Those holding the office, with an eight-year vacancy between 1933 and 1941, were F. Trubee Davison (1926-1933),[18] Robert A. Lovett (1941-1945),[19] and Stuart Symington (1946-1947).[20]

See also


  1. ^ Arlington National Cemetery: Robert Porter Patterson
  2. ^ a b c d e f Perley Poore, Benjamin (1878). The political register and congressional directory: a statistical record of the Federal Officials...1776-1878. Boston: Houghton, Osgood and Company. p. 232. 
  4. ^ General Doe, soldier and lawyer, was pioneer in baseball
  5. ^ New York Times: G.D. MEIKLEJOHN IN NEBRASKA.; Assistant Secretary of War Speaks at Grand Island on the History of Imperialism
  6. ^ New York Times
  7. ^ Sanger Mansion
  8. ^ Pennsylvania at Antietam: Report of the Antietam Battlefield Memorial commission (mentions Oliver as Assistant Secretary, and Acting Secretary, of War, as of 1904)
  9. ^ Gallery of History (says that Oliver served as Assistant Secretary longer than any other individual)
  10. ^ Time: "Crowell's Conspiracy," Oct. 15, 1923
  11. ^ Time magazine
  12. ^ Arlington National Cemetery: Dwight Filley Davis
  13. ^ Time: "Change," Oct. 26, 1925
  14. ^ Time: "The Hoover Week"
  15. ^ Time: "Second to Hurley," 1930
  16. ^ Guide to the Harry Hines Woodring Collection
  17. ^ Time: "Job No. 2"
  18. ^ Time: "New Amphibian"
  19. ^ Time: "Methodists & Businessmen "
  20. ^ Time: "Line-Up"
  • Records of the Office of the Secretary of War
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