Tracy, Benjamin F.

Tracy, Benjamin F. (Franklin)

(1830–1915) public official; born near Owego, N.Y. He became a brevet brigadier general in the Civil War and was a U.S. attorney for New York (1866–73). As secretary of the navy (1889–93) he instituted administrative reforms and began building a powerful modern navy.
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