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army officer , secretary of war

William Worth Belknap, American army officer, secretary of war. member Iowa Legislature (Democrat), 1857-1858.

Background

Belknap, William Worth was born on September 22, 1829 in Newburgh, New York, United States. Son of General William G. and Ann (Clark) Belknap.

Education

Graduate Princeton, 1852.

Career

Admitted to District of Columbia Bar, 1851. Member Iowa Legislature (Democrat), 1857-1858. Commissioned major 15th Iowa Infantry, United States Army, 1861, served at battles of Shiloh, Corinth and Vicksburg.

Commissioned brigadier general United States Volunteers, 1864, served under General William Sherman in Georgia campaign. Commanded 14th div. 17th Army Corps. Collector internal revenue in Iowa, 1865.

United States secretary of war under President Grant, 1869-1876, impeached for accepting bribes from John Evans in return for appointing Evans post-trader at Fort Sill, allowed (by Grant) to resign before his trial, found not guilty (but most of senators who voted in his favor did so because they believed him no longer under their jurisdiction).

Membership

Member Iowa Legislature (Democrat), 1857-1858.

Connections

Married Cora LeRoy; married second, Carrie Thompson.

father:
General William G. Belknap

mother:
Ann (Clark) Belknap

spouses:
Cora LeRoy

Carrie Thompson