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 James Kirke Paulding

James Kirke Paulding

Birth
Pleasant Valley, Dutchess County, New York, USA
Death 6 Apr 1860 (aged 81)
Hyde Park, Dutchess County, New York, USA
Burial Brooklyn, Kings County (Brooklyn), New York, USA
Plot Section 49, Lot 766
Memorial ID 3287 · View Source
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Presidential Cabinet Secretary, Writer. Born in Pleasant Valley, New York, he was a literary and a politicain. He experimented in every genre in an effort to forge a new American literature. His contributions were in novels, poems and stage comedy. Some of his noted works included "The Lay of the Scottish Fiddle" (1813), "Koningsmarke" (1823), "Westward Ho!" (1832), "View of Slavery in the United States" (1836) and "The Old Continental, or the Price of Liberty" (1846). Paulding's government positions were those of secretary to the Board of Navy Commissioners, (1815-23) and Naval Agent in New York, (1824-38). In June 1838, President Martin Van Buren appointed him Secretary of the Navy. As Secretary, his tenure was marked by advances in steam engineering, wide-ranging exploration efforts, enlargement of the fleet and an expansion of the Navy's apprenticeship program. After he left office in 1841, he returned to literary pursuits and took up agriculture until his death at age 81 in Hyde Park, New York.

Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith


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  • Added: 2 Aug 1998
  • Find A Grave Memorial 3287
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for James Kirke Paulding (22 Aug 1778–6 Apr 1860), Find A Grave Memorial no. 3287, citing Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, Kings County (Brooklyn), New York, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .