Benjamin Williams Crowninshield, Jr. (1772 - 1851) MP

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Birthplace: Salem, Essex, Massachusetts, United States
Death: Died in Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States
Occupation: Secretary of the Navy 1815-1818
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About Benjamin Williams Crowninshield, Jr.

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Benjamin Williams Crowninshield (December 27, 1772 – February 3, 1851) served as the United States Secretary of the Navy between 1815 and 1818, during the administrations of Presidents James Madison and James Monroe.


Biography


Crowninshield was born in Salem, Massachusetts the son of a sea captain and merchant of the Boston Brahmin Crowninshield family. He worked in the family shipping business, Geo. Crowninshield & Sons, served at sea, and was also active in politics. His family owned the lands near Mineral Spring Pond, where the first Crowninshield family was cradled in the country. He was elected to the Massachusetts House of Representatives in 1811 and the state Senate in 1812.


Crowninshield became Secretary of the Navy in January 1815, a position almost held by his brother Jacob Crowninshield ten years earlier, at the end of the War of 1812 and managed the transition to a peacetime force. This included implementation of the new Board of Commissioners administrative system and the building of several ships of the line, the backbone of a much enhanced Navy. He also oversaw strategy and naval policy for the war with Algiers in 1815.


After leaving Navy office in 1818, Crowninshield returned to business and political affairs in Massachusetts, prospering in both. In addition to serving two more terms in the Massachusetts House, he was also elected to four terms the United States Congress from 1823 to 1831.


On his passing in 1851, Benjamin Williams Crowninshield was interred in Mount Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge, Massachusetts.


Crowninshield was the great-great-grandfather of Charles Francis Adams III, also Secretary of the Navy from 1929 to 1933.


Namesake


The destroyer USS Crowninshield (DD-134) was named in his honor.

BENJAMIN WILLIAMS CROWNINSHIELD ..... Birth: Dec. 27, 1772 Salem Essex County Massachusetts, USA Death: Feb. 3, 1851 Boston Suffolk County Massachusetts, USA

Secretary of the Navy under Presidents Madison and Monroe, 1814-1818; United States Representative from Massachusetts, 1823-1831.


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Parents:
 George Crowninshield (1734 - 1815)
 Mary Derby Crowinshield (1737 - 1813)

Spouses:
 Margaret Lambert Crowninshield*
 Mary Boardman Crowninshield (1778 - 1840)*

Children:
 Anna Casper Crowninshield Mason*
 Hannah Crowninshield Armstrong (1789 - 1834)*
 Mary C. Crowninshield Mifflin (1806 - 1893)*
 George Casper Crowninshield (1812 - 1857)*
 Annie G. Crowninshield Warren (1815 - 1905)*
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Burial: Mount Auburn Cemetery Cambridge Middlesex County Massachusetts, USA


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Benjamin Crowninshield, U.S. Secretary of the Navy's Timeline

1772
December 27, 1772
Salem, Essex, Massachusetts, United States
1804
November 18, 1804
Age 31
1806
August 9, 1806
Age 33
Salem, Essex, Massachusetts, United States
1808
May 22, 1808
Age 35
1809
June 4, 1809
Age 36
Salem, MA, USA
1812
February 2, 1812
Age 39
Salem, MA, USA
1812
Age 39
Salem, MA, USA
1815
September 19, 1815
Age 42
Salem, Essex, Massachusetts, United States
October 22, 1815
Age 42
Salem, MA, USA
1817
July 25, 1817
Age 44
Salem, MA, USA