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Daniels, Josephus
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Daniels, Josephus

(May 18, 1862, Washington NC – January 15, 1948, Raleigh NC), American Secretary of the Navy during World War I, his appointment to the post in 1913 seemed straight from the plot of HMS Pinafore. A journalist from North Carolina, Daniels had no background or interest in naval affairs. His primary qualification was his contribution to Woodrow Wilson’s election. Daniels disliked naval officers as a class. He was indifferent to naval traditions. His banning of alcohol from shipboard messes did nothing to improve his standing! Yet Daniels, an outspoken…

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Showalter, Dennis E., “Daniels, Josephus”, in: Brill’s Digital Library of World War I. Consulted online on 15 December 2019 <>
First published online: 2015

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