Benjamin Stoddert

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Benjamin Stoddert
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1st United States Secretary of the Navy
In office
June 18, 1798 – March 31, 1801
Preceded by (none)
Succeeded by Robert Smith
Personal details
Born 1751
Charles County, Maryland, U.S.
Died (1813-12-13)December 13, 1813
Bladensburg, Maryland, U.S.
Political party Federalist
Spouse(s) Rebecca Lowndes
Profession Politician, Merchant

Benjamin Stoddert (1751 – December 13, 1813) was the first United States Secretary of the Navy from May 1, 1798 to March 31, 1801.