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041 - The First Secretary of the Navy

Season 1, Ep. 41

On this special episode, I join Presidencies of the United States Podcast host Jerry Landry for his Seat at the Table series. This series covers the known and unknown Cabinet officers of American presidential administrations.


No president can do it alone, and the early American Presidents alternately relied upon or avoided working with their Cabinet. In the early days of Federalists vs. Democratic Republicans, finding loyal Cabinet officers was rare. Benjamin Stoddert was one of the first and best.


And very few people have ever heard of him.

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