James Forrestal

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Person.png James Forrestal   SpartacusRdf-entity.pngRdf-icon.png
(Investment banker, Politician)
BornJames Vincent Forrestal
Matteawan, New York, U.S.
Died1949-05-22 (Age 57)
third story canopy of the Bethesda Naval Hospital, Maryland, U.S.
Alma materDartmouth College, Princeton University
Children • Michael Forrestal
• Peter Forrestal
SpouseJosephine Stovall Ogden
Victim ofpremature death
The first US Secretary of Defense, died in mysterious circumstances in Bethesda Naval Hospital, Maryland

Employment.png United States Secretary of Defense

In office
September 17, 1947 - March 28, 1949
Succeeded byLouis A. Johnson

Employment.png United States Secretary of the Navy

In office
May 19, 1944 - September 17, 1947

Employment.png United States Under Secretary of the Navy

In office
August 22, 1940 - May 16, 1944


President Truman secretly designated him as a potential threat to the Department of Defense’s orderly operation due to his psychological problems. By the end of 1948, Forrestal’s precarious mental state had deteriorated further.[1]




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