Henry Knox (1750-1806) Was a bookseller in Boston and a witness to the Boston Massacre. He later rose to become general in charge of George Washington's artillery and became one of his most trusted aides. Nicknamed "Ox" both because of his size, six foot three, appx 280 pounds and because during the winter of 1776, he transported the British cannon captured at Fort Ticonderoga by oxcart back to Boston. During Washington's first engagement with the British, these cannons were strategically placed on Dorcester Heights. This placement forced General Howe to evacuate the city of Boston without a shot being fired. At Yorktown, Knox commanded the artillery bombardment of General Cornwallis's and after the war served in Congress. After Washington was elected president, Knox became the country's first War Secretary
The first secretary of war appointed by George Washington was Henry Knox.
The first secretary of war
James Monroe served as Secretary of War during part of Madison's administration.
From 1861-1862 Lincoln's Secretary of War was Simon Cameron. From 1862-1865 Lincoln's Secretary of War was Edwin M. Stanton.
source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Secretary_of_War The Secretary of War used to be a member of the President's Cabinet. However in 1947 the departments were reorganized and the Secretary of War was replaced by the Secretary of the Army and the Secretary of the Air Force, non-Cabinet positions under the Secretary of Defense. ****The first Secretary of War was Henry Knox when George Washington was President. ---YOU'RE WELCOME!! :)
The Secretary of War was changed into the Secretary of Defense.
The Secretary of War is now the Secretary of Defense.
There were five. They were Secretary of State, Secretary of Treasury, Secretary of War, Postmaster General, and Attorney General.
Simple: The Secretary of War
First Secretary: Thomas Jefferson Secretary of Treasury: Alexander Hamilton Secretary of War: Henry Knox President: George Washington
Henry Knox was the first Secretary of War.