James K. Paulding (1838–1841) - Secretary of the Navy [cite this] ↑Martin Van Buren Home Page James Kirke Paulding was born August 22, 1778, in Great Nine Partners, New York. A prolific writer, he collaborated with Washington Irving on Salmagundi (1807-1808) and publishing numerous stories and documentaries, including, among others, "The Lay of the Scottish Fiddle" (1813), "The Backwoodsmen" (1818), "The United States and England" (1815), "Letters From the South by a Northern Man" (1817), "A Sketch of Old England" (1822), "Konigsmarke" (1823), "The Dumb Girl" (1830), "The Old Continental" (1846), and "The Puritan and his Daughter" (1846). During the administration of President James Madison, Paulding served as secretary of the Board of Naval Commissioners (1815); he was later appointed naval agent for the port of New York (1824). President Martin Van Buren appointed him secretary of the Navy, a position Paulding held from 1838 to 1841. James Paulding died in Hyde Park, New York, on April 6, 1860. Martin Van Buren Essays Life in Brief Life Before the Presidency Campaigns and Elections Domestic Affairs Foreign Affairs Life After the Presidency Family Life The American Franchise Impact and Legacy [ print all essays ] Martin Van Buren Home Citation Information Consulting Editor Joel Silbey Professor Silbey is the President White Professor of History, Emeritus at Cornell University. His writings include: The American Political Nation, 1838–1893 (Stanford University Press, 1991) Respectable Minority: the Democratic Party in the Civil War Era 1860–1868 (W. W. Norton & Co (Sd), 1977) American President has changed! Click here to take a short survey and tell us what you think!