Long, John Davis

Long, John Davis

(1838–1915) governor, secretary of the navy; born in Buckfield, Maine. He was governor of Massachusetts (1880–82) and a U.S. representative (Rep., Mass.; 1883–89). As secretary of the navy (1897–1902) he worked closely with President McKinley and was partly responsible for the navy's sterling performance during the Spanish-American War.
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