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|24th United States Secretary of the Navy|
March 7, 1861 – March 4, 1869
|Preceded by||Isaac Toucey|
|Succeeded by||Adolph E. Borie|
|Born|| July 1, 1802|
Glastonbury, Connecticut, U.S.
|Died|| February 11, 1878 (aged 75)|
Hartford, Connecticut, U.S.
|Political party||Democrat, Republican|
Gideon Welles (July 1, 1802 – February 11, 1878) was the United States Secretary of the Navy during the presidencies of Abraham Lincoln and Andrew Johnson. He served from March 7, 1861 until March 4, 1869. He was from Glastonbury, Connecticut.