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Adolph E. Borie (1869) - Secretary of the Navy

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Adolph Edward Borie was born in 1809 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 1825. He ultimately became a wealthy Philadelphia businessman and involved himself in political affairs. Borie served as U.S. consul to Belgium in 1843, was a member of the Republican Party, supported the Union, and befriended a young Ulysses S. Grant.

When Grant won the presidency in 1868, he nominated Borie as his secretary of the Navy, a post Borie held for all of fourteen weeks in 1869. After resigning from the cabinet, Borie resumed his business interests but remained close friends with Grant. He died in 1880.

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Joan Waugh

Professor Waugh is a professor of history at the University of California, Los Angeles. Her writings include:

U.S. Grant: American Hero, American Myth (University of North Carolina Press, 2009)

Wars within a War: Controversy and Conflict over the American Civil War (editor with Gary W. Gallagher, University of North Carolina Press, 2009)

The Memory of the Civil War in American Culture (editor with Alice Fahs, University of North Carolina Press, 2004)

Unsentimental Reformer: The Life of Josephine Shaw Lowell (Harvard University Press, 1998)