Curtis D. Wilbur (1924–1929) - Secretary of the Navy [cite this] ↑Calvin Coolidge Home Page Born in Boone County, Iowa, on May 10, 1867, Curtis Wilbur attended the U.S. Naval Academy, graduating in 1884. He resigned his commission, a common practice for graduates due to the lack of naval officer employment, and moved to California, where he worked and studied law in the evenings. Admitted to the California bar in 1890, Wilbur took a position as Los Angeles Deputy District Attorney. He later moved to the Superior Court (1903-18) and became a member of the California Supreme Court (1919-1924), serving as chief justice (1923-1924). President Coolidge appointed him secretary of the Navy, taking over after the Teapot Dome scandal. Wilbur is credited with creating a strong navy, advocating for naval education, modernization of the carrier fleet, and advocating for temporizing the power of Japan. He served as naval secretary from March 19, 1924 to March 4, 1929. President Hoover appointed him to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, where he served from 1929 to 1945. Wilbur died in San Francisco on September 8, 1954. Calvin Coolidge Essays Life in Brief Life Before the Presidency Campaigns and Elections Domestic Affairs Foreign Affairs Life After the Presidency Family Life Impact and Legacy [ print all essays ] Calvin Coolidge Home Citation Information Consulting Editor David Greenberg Professor Greenberg is a professor of history and of journalism and media studies at Rutgers University. His publications include: Calvin Coolidge (Henry Holt and Company, 2006) Presidential Doodles (Basic Books, 2006) Nixon’s Shadow: The History of an Image (W.W. Norton, 2003) American President has changed! Click here to take a short survey and tell us what you think!