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army officer , secretary of war

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


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


Graduate Princeton, 1852.


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).


Member Iowa Legislature (Democrat), 1857-1858.


Married Cora LeRoy; married second, Carrie Thompson.

General William G. Belknap

Ann (Clark) Belknap

Cora LeRoy

Carrie Thompson