On this day in 1831, George Wythe Randolph — Mr. Jefferson’s grandson — joined the Navy. He was only thirteen. Later he attended the University of Virginia and found a mentor in George Tucker — that was before the cotton bale fell on him. During the Civil War, Randolph briefly was the Confederate secretary of war.
Speaking of the Navy, FDR’s secretary of navy, Claude Swanson, was born on this day in 1862. In Swansonville, no less. Besides being a cabinet official, Swanson also was a governor, congressman, and all-around progressive, which, in those days, did not rule out opposing voting rights for blacks and for women.
IMAGE: Powder Monkey on the U.S.S. New Hampshire, off Charleston, South Carolina