John Davis Long

John Davis Long

Infobox Governor
name = John Davis Long

order = 32nd
office = Governor of Massachusetts
term_start = January 8, 1880
term_end = January 4, 1883
lieutenant = Byron Weston
predecessor = Thomas Talbot
successor = Benjamin Franklin Butler
birth_date = birth date|1838|10|27|mf=y
birth_place = Buckfield, Maine
death_date = death date and age|1915|8|28|1838|10|27|mf=y
death_place = Hingham, Massachusetts
party = Republican
spouse = Mary W. Glover (her death)
Agnes Pierce
profession =
religion =
order2 = 34th United States Secretary of the Navy
term_start2 = March 6, 1897
term_end2 = April 30, 1902
predecessor2 = Hilary A. Herbert
successor2 = William Henry Moody
order3 = Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Massachusetts's 2nd district
term_start3 = 1883
term_end3 = 1889
predecessor3 = Benjamin W. Harris
successor3 = Elijah A. Morse
order4 = 31st Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts
term_start4 = 1879
term_end4 = 1880
governor4 = Thomas Talbot
predecessor4 = Horatio G. Knight
successor4 = Byron Weston

John Davis Long (October 27, 1838ndash August 28, 1915) was a U.S. political figure. He served as Governor of Massachusetts between 1880 and 1883. He later served as the Secretary of the Navy from 1897 to 1902.

Born in Buckfield, Maine to Zadoc Long, he graduated from Harvard University in 1857 and practiced law in Maine and Massachusetts. Long then served as Speaker of the Massachusetts House of Representatives (1876-1879), Lieutenant Governor (1879), Governor (1880-1883) and Congressman from Massachusetts. He was present at the dedication of the Town Hall in Stoughton, Massachusetts on November 22, 1881.

Appointed 34th Secretary of the Navy by President William McKinley 5 March 1897, Long served with vision and efficiency through the next five years, organizing the Navy for the challenges of the Spanish-American War and the expansion that followed, and laying the groundwork for the growth of the "New American Navy" fostered by his former assistant, President Theodore Roosevelt.

Long resigned in 1902, returned to Massachusetts, and died at Hingham, Massachusetts in 1915.

USS "Long" (DD-209) was named for him.

In 1870, Long married Mary Woodward Glover, with whom he had two daughters, Margaret and Helen, before she died in 1882. In 1886 Long married Agnes Pierce; their son, Pierce, was born December 29, 1887.



External links

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