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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, Col. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of James Forrestal has received more than 1,337,164 page views. His biography is available in 25 different languages on Wikipedia. James Forrestal is the 9,116th most popular politician (down from 8,596th in 2019), the 3,223rd most popular biography from United States (down from 3,179th in 2019) and the 201st most popular American Politician.

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Among politicians, James Forrestal ranks 9,116 out of 15,577Before him are Takako Shimazu, Lucius Papirius Cursor, Princess Mathilde of Saxony, Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, Yahya Khan, and Pēteris Stučka. After him are Arechis II of Benevento, Pierre Buyoya, Princess Anna of Hesse and by Rhine, William A. Wheeler, Huzziya II, and Archidamus IV.

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Among people born in 1892, James Forrestal ranks 125Before him are Carl Panzram, Henry Darger, Mabel Normand, Adolf Ziegler, Walter Krüger, and Juan Belmonte. After him are Liu Bocheng, Branislaw Tarashkyevich, John Alcock, Yi Kwang-su, Charles Nungesser, and Robert Watson-Watt. Among people deceased in 1949, James Forrestal ranks 73Before him are Alejandro Lerroux, Wakatsuki Reijirō, Koçi Xoxe, Lead Belly, Martin Knudsen, and Damaskinos of Athens. After him are Tan Malaka, Boris Asafyev, Momčilo Tapavica, Traicho Kostov, Alfred J. Lotka, and Othon Friesz.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, James Forrestal ranks 3,223 out of 18,182Before him are Levi P. Morton (1824), Alfred P. Sloan (1875), Isiah Thomas (1961), Paul Winfield (1939), Richard Wright (1908), and Orson Bean (1928). After him are William A. Wheeler (1819), Fred Brooks (1931), Abel Ferrara (1951), Robert Sean Leonard (1969), Martin Ritt (1914), and John Zerzan (1943).

Among POLITICIANS In United States

Among politicians born in United States, James Forrestal ranks 201Before him are Kamehameha V (1830), Barry Goldwater (1909), Elbridge Gerry (1744), Charles Joseph Bonaparte (1851), Steve Bannon (1953), and Levi P. Morton (1824). After him are William A. Wheeler (1819), Kamehameha IV (1834), George M. Dallas (1792), Jay Rockefeller (1937), Maurice Hilleman (1919), and Edith Head (1897).