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Gideon Welles
24th United States Secretary of the Navy
In office
March 7, 1861 – March 4, 1869
Preceded by Isaac Toucey
Succeeded by Adolph E. Borie
Personal details
Born July 1, 1802(1802-07-01)
Glastonbury, Connecticut, U.S.
Died February 11, 1878(1878-02-11) (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.[1]


  1. "Gideon Welles". Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. United States Department of the Navy. Retrieved August 20, 2011.