Benjamin Stoddert


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(1751–1813) secretary of the navy. From Maryland, Stoddert fought in the Revolutionary War and served as secretary to the Board of War and Ordnance (1779–81). When Congress created a separate Naval Department, in 1798, President John Adams named Stoddert to the post. Stoddert rapidly commissioned the construction of new ships and created a departmental infrastructure. During the Quasi-War with France later that year, Stoddert pursued the enemy vigorously and defeated the French decisively.

From The Oxford Essential Dictionary of the U.S. Military in Oxford Reference.

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