James Forrestal

1892 - 1949

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James Vincent Forrestal (February 15, 1892 – May 22, 1949) was the last Cabinet-level United States Secretary of the Navy and the first United States Secretary of Defense.Forrestal came from a very strict middle class Irish Catholic family. He was a successful financier on Wall Street before becoming Undersecretary of the Navy in 1940, shortly before the United States entered the Second World War. He became Secretary of the Navy in May 1944 upon the death of his superior, Frank Knox. President Franklin D. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of James Forrestal has received more than 1,055,905 page views. His biography is available in 25 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 24 in 2019). James Forrestal is the 8,607th most popular politician (up from 8,710th in 2019), the 3,180th most popular biography from United States (down from 3,016th in 2019) and the 192nd most popular American Politician.

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Among politicians, James Forrestal ranks 8,607 out of 15,710Before him are Gjergj Fishta, Georges Cadoudal, Amir Kabir, Silahdar Damat Ali Pasha, Phormio, and Al-Mu'azzam Isa. After him are Abu Yusuf Yaqub ibn Abd al-Haqq, Alexander Izvolsky, Albert Lutuli, Gregory Pakourianos, Henry V, Count of Luxembourg, and Riad Al Solh.

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Among people born in 1892, James Forrestal ranks 120Before him are Rebecca West, Erich Brandenberger, Stanisław Maczek, Herman Potočnik, Peljidiin Genden, and Robert H. Jackson. After him are Charles Nungesser, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Sayed Darwish, Lucien Buysse, Henry Darger, and Maximilian Fretter-Pico. Among people deceased in 1949, James Forrestal ranks 76Before him are Leopold IV, Prince of Lippe, Erich von Drygalski, Wakatsuki Reijirō, Félix d'Herelle, Martin Knudsen, and Traicho Kostov. After him are Vyacheslav Ivanov, Leonor Michaelis, Josep Maria Jujol, Douglas Hyde, André-Louis Debierne, and Joaquín Torres-García.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, James Forrestal ranks 3,180 out of 15,968Before him are James Burton (1939), Babushka Lady (1930), Norman Taurog (1899), Christina Applegate (1971), Willie Dixon (1915), and Eddie Vedder (1964). After him are Richard Anuszkiewicz (1930), Tab Hunter (1931), Tracy Morgan (1968), Richard Herd (1932), Deke Slayton (1924), and Booker T. Washington (1856).

Among POLITICIANS In United States

Among politicians born in United States, James Forrestal ranks 192Before him are Dean Rusk (1909), Ross Perot (1930), Edith Wilson (1872), Edith Roosevelt (1861), Levi P. Morton (1824), and Babushka Lady (1930). After him are Besse Cooper (1896), Richard Mentor Johnson (1780), Hannibal Hamlin (1809), Charles J. Guiteau (1841), Bob Dole (1923), and Milton George Henschel (1920).