|Died||28 Apr 1944|
Contributor: C. Peter Chen
ww2dbaseWilliam Franklin Knox was born in Boston, Massachusetts, United States. After attending Alma College in Michigan, he served in the First Volunteer Cavalry, as known as the "Rough Riders", in Cuba during the Spanish-American War. Returning to Michigan, he became a newspaper reporter. During WW1, he was an artillery officer in France. In 1930, he became part owner of the Chicago Daily News and became heavily involved in politics. In 1936, he was the vice presidential candidate for the Republican Party, though he lost the election terribly to Franklin Roosevelt of the Democratic Party. Despite being in an opposing political party, Roosevelt appoint Knox as the Secretary of the Navy in Jul 1940 for his internationalist views and for Roosevelt to gain unilateral support across political divides. Nevertheless, despite his earnest efforts in running the civilian side of the US Navy, he was often kept in the dark by both of his military and civilian colleagues. Assistant Secretary James Forrestal, for example, ran much of the department because he was closer to Roosevelt than Knox ever was. Knox had so much free time in this role despite the nation being in war that he still had time to run his newspaper in the afternoons.
ww2dbaseKnox passed away in Washington, DC after a series of heart attacks.
ww2dbaseSources: Naval Historical Center, Wikipedia.
Last Major Revision: Mar 2006
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|1 Jan 1874Â||Frank Knox was born.|
|11 Jul 1940Â||Frank Knox took office as the US Secretary of the Navy.|
|24 Apr 1941Â||In a statement, Frank Knox, the United States Secretary for the Navy, proclaimed: "We can no longer occupy the immoral and craven position of asking others to make all the sacrifices for this victory which we recognize as so essential to us."|
|12 Dec 1941Â||US Secretary of the Navy Frank Knox departed from Oahu, Hawaii after personally inspecting damages.|
|28 Apr 1944Â||Frank Knox passed away.|
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