Samuel L. Southard (1825–1829) - Secretary of the Navy [cite this] ↑John Quincy Adams Home Page Samuel Lewis Southard was born June 9, 1787, in Basking Ridge, New Jersey. He graduated from the College of New Jersey (Princeton University) in 1804, studied law near Fredericksburg, Virginia, and was admitted to the New Jersey bar in 1809. Southard was elected to New Jersey general assembly in 1811 and served, at the same time, as an associate justice on the New Jersey Supreme Court 1842)(1815-1820). He later entered the U.S. Senate, being appointed to fill resignation of a predecessor, but he was subsequently elected in his own right as a Republican (1821-1823). President James Monroe appointed him secretary of the Navy (1823-1829), but Southard would also serve temporarily as secretary of the treasury (1825) and secretary of war (1828). Following his time in the cabinet, Southard became attorney general of New Jersey (1829-1833) and was later elected governor of the state (1832-1833). He resigned his post in Trenton, serving in the U.S. Senate as a Whig from 1833 until death on June 26, 1842. John Quincy Adams 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 ] John Quincy Adams Home Citation Information Consulting Editor Margaret A. Hogan Ms. Hogan is the managing editor of the Adams Papers at the Massachusetts Historical Society. She has been the series editor for the Adams Family Correspondence volumes since 2004. American President has changed! Click here to take a short survey and tell us what you think!