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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