Scots Descendant in America
Part I - Scots in the Settlement
and Development of The United States
Scots in the Presidents' Cabinet
THE four members of President
Washington’s first cabinet were:
Gen. Henry Knox, of
Ulster-Scottish descent; Alexander Hamilton, of Scottish descent; Edmund
Randolph, descended from the Scottish Earls of Murray; and Thomas
Jefferson, of Welsh-Scottish descent.
Some of the more important members
of the Presidents’ cabinets of Scottish or Ulster-Scottish descent are
recorded as follows: Secretaries of State, Edward Livingston, Louis
McLane, John Forsyth, John C. Calhoun, James Buchanan, Jeremiah S. Black,
James G. Blaine, John Hay, Philander C. Knox. Secretaries of the Treasury:
Alexander Hamilton, George W. Campbell, Alexander Dallas, William H.
Crawford, Louis McLane, Thomas Ewing, Thomas Corwin, James Guthrie, Howell
Cobb, Salmon P. Chase, Hugh McCulloch, John G. Carlisle, Leslie M. Shaw,
Franklin MacVeagh, and William G. McAdoo.
Secretaries of War: Henry Knox,
James McHenry, John Armstrong, James Monroe, William H. Crawford, George
Graham, John C. Calhoun, James Barbour, Peter B. Porter, John Bell, James
M. Porter, George W. Crawford, Jefferson Davis, Simon Cameron, U. S.
Grant, James D. Cameron, George McCray, Alexander Ramsey, Robert Todd
Lincoln, Daniel S. Lamont. Secretaries of the Navy: Paul Hamilton, Thomas
W. Gilmer, William A. Graham, John P.. Kennedy, James C. Dobbin, George M.
Robeson, Nathan W. Goff, Josephus Daniels.
Secretaries of the Interior: Thomas
Ewing, Alexander H. H. Stuart, Robert McClelland, James Harlan, Henry M.
Postmasters-General: John McLean,
James Campbell, Montgomery Blair, Frank Hatton.
Breckenridge, Felix Grundy, Jeremiah S. Black, James Speed, John W.
Speakers of the House: John Bell,
James K. Polk, Henry Clay, Robert M. T. Hunter, Howell Cobb, James L. Orr,
James G. Blame, Michael C. Kerr, Samuel J. Randall, John G. Carlisle,
David B. Henderson, Champ Clark.
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