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William Worth Belknap 30th United States Secretary of War In office October 25, 1869 – March 2, 1876 President Ulysses S. Grant Preceded by John Aaron Rawlins Succeeded by Alphonso Taft Born September 22, 1829(1829-09-22) Newburgh, New York, U.S. Died October 13, 1890(1890-10-13) (aged 61) Washington, D.C., U.S. Political party Republican Spouse(s) Cora LeRoy Carrie Tomlinson Mrs. John Bower Alma mater Princeton University Georgetown University Profession General, Lawyer, Politician Military service Service/branch Union Army Years of service 1861-1865 Rank Major General Battles/wars American Civil War William Worth Belknap (September 22, 1829 – October 13, 1890) was a United States Army general, government administrator, and United States Secretary of War. He was the only Cabinet secretary ever to have been impeached by the United States House of Representatives. Contents 1 Birth and early years 2 Later career 3 See also 4 References 5 External links // Birth and early years Born in Newburgh, New York, Belknap graduated from Princeton University in 1848 and studied law at Georgetown University. In 1851, he was admitted to the bar, moved to Keokuk, Iowa, and entered the practice of law. He served in the Iowa House of Representatives for a single term from 1857 to 1858. William W. Belknap In 1861, he was commissioned major in the 15th Iowa Infantry and participated in the Civil War battles of Shiloh, Corinth and Vicksburg. In 1864, Belknap was promoted to brigadier general and given command of the 4th Division, XVII Corps, and participated in General Sherman's operations in Georgia and the Carolinas. He was mustered out of service as a major general in 1865. He married and lost his first two wives, Cora LeRoy and Carrie Tomlinson, and married Mrs. John Bower, his second wife's sister. From 1865 to 1869, Belknap was collector of internal revenue in Iowa. Later career From October 25, 1869, to March 2, 1876, Belknap served as Secretary of War under President Ulysses S. Grant. Belknap recommended that Congress act to fix May 1 as the start of the fiscal year, inaugurated the preparation of historical reports by post commanders, and proposed actions to preserve Yellowstone National Park. In July 1876, Belknap visited Fort Ellis, Montana Territory, and proceeded on a two week journey through Yellowstone retracing the route of the 1870 Washburn-Langford-Doane Expedition. He was guided during this trip by Lt Gustavus C. Doane who was stationed at Fort Ellis and had been the leader of the military escort of the Washburn Party.[1] He was impeached by a unanimous vote of the House of Representatives shortly after he had resigned for allegedly having received money in return for post tradership appointments.[2] Speaker of the House Michael C. Kerr wrote to the Senate that Belknap resigned "with intent to evade the proceedings of impeachment against him."[3] Belknap was tried by the Senate, which ruled by a vote of 37-29 that it had jurisdiction despite the resignation.[4] The vote on conviction fell short of the two-thirds required, with 35 to 37 votes for each article and 25 votes against each. Two of those voting for conviction, 22 of those voting for acquittal, and one who declined to vote, said they felt that the Senate did not have jurisdiction due to Belknap's resignation.[5] Belknap moved to Philadelphia, then returned to Washington to resume the practice of law. He died from a heart attack in Washington, D.C., on October 13, 1890. See also United States Army portal American Civil War portal List of American Civil War generals References ^ Bonney, Orrin H. (1970). Battle Drums and Geysers-The Life And Journals Of Lt. Gustavus Cheyney Doane, Soldier And Explorer Of The Yellowstone And Snake River Regions. Chicago: Swallow Press. pp. 47–50.  ^ Hinds, Asher C. (1907). Hinds' Precedents ("Hinds"), Volume III, Chapter LXXVII, section 2444, pp. 903-904. ^ Hinds, section 2454, p. 922. ^ Hinds, section 2459, p. 934. ^ Hinds, section 2467, pp. 945-946. External links Army Belknap biography in Secretaries of War and Secretaries of the Army, United States Army Center of Military History. "William W. Belknap". Find a Grave. http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=2297. Retrieved 2008-08-12. . Political offices Preceded by John Aaron Rawlins United States Secretary of War Served under: Ulysses S. Grant 1869–1876 Succeeded by Alphonso Taft v • d • e United States Secretaries of War and Secretaries of the Army Secretaries of War Knox • Pickering • McHenry • Dexter • Dearborn • Eustis • Armstrong • Monroe • W. Crawford • Calhoun • Barbour • P. Porter • Eaton • Cass • Poinsett • Bell • Spencer • J. Porter • Wilkins • Marcy • G. Crawford • Conrad • J. Davis • Floyd • Holt • S. 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Johnson • Slezak • Finucane • Milton • Ailes • Ignatius • Resor • McGiffert • Beal • BeLieu • Staudt • Augustine • LaBerge • Ambrose • Stone • Shannon • Reeder • Walker • Rostker • Dahlberg • Brownlee • Geren • Ford • Westphal • v • d • e Cabinet of President Ulysses S. Grant (1869–1877) Vice President Schuyler Colfax (1869–1873) • Henry Wilson (1873–1875) Secretary of State Elihu B. Washburne (1869) • Hamilton Fish (1869–1877) Secretary of the Treasury George S. Boutwell (1869–1873) • William A. Richardson (1873–1874) • Benjamin Bristow (1874–1876) • Lot M. Morrill (1876–1877) Secretary of War John A. Rawlins (1869) • William W. Belknap (1869–1876) • Alphonso Taft (1876) • J. Donald Cameron (1876–1877) Attorney General Ebenezer R. Hoar (1869–1870) • Amos T. Akerman (1870–1871) • George H. Williams (1871–1875) • Edwards Pierrepont (1875–1876) • Alphonso Taft (1876–1877) Postmaster General John Creswell (1869–1874) • James W. Marshall (1874) • Marshall Jewell (1874–1876) • James N. Tyner (1876–1877) Secretary of the Navy Adolph E. Borie (1869) • George M. Robeson (1869–1877) Secretary of the Interior Jacob D. Cox (1869–1870) • Columbus Delano (1870–1875) • Zachariah Chandler (1875–1877) Persondata Name Belknap, William W. Alternative names Short description Union Army general Date of birth September 22, 1829 Place of birth Newburgh, New York Date of death October 13, 1890 Place of death Washington, D.C.