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Mathew B. Brady, 1823? - 15 Jan 1896  Search this
William Worth Belknap, 22 Sep 1829 - Oct 1890  Search this
Albumen silver print
Mount: 30.4 × 25.2 cm (11 15/16 × 9 15/16")
Image/Sheet: 20.8 × 15.8 cm (8 3/16 × 6 1/4")
Exhibition Label:
Born Newburgh, New York
William W. Belknap is most often associated with the corruption that discredited the administration of President Ulysses S. Grant. At the start of the Civil War, Belknap was a junior officer with the Fifteenth Iowa Volunteers and eventually attained the rank of brigadier general. In 1869, President Grant appointed him secretary of war. Seven years later, in 1876, evidence was reported to Congress indicating that Belknap had received more than $24,000 in connection with the appointment of John S. Evans to the trade post at Fort Sill in the Oklahoma Territory. Belknap was impeached and resigned before the end of the Senate trial, which failed to find him guilty by a necessary two-thirds majority. Later, it was discovered that the free-spending Mrs. Belknap had been the primary perpetrator of the conspiracy to purchase the office.
Personal Attribute\Facial Hair\Beard  Search this
William Worth Belknap: Male  Search this
William Worth Belknap: Law and Law Enforcement\Lawyer  Search this
William Worth Belknap: Politics and Government\Cabinet Member\Secretary of War  Search this
William Worth Belknap: Military\Army\Officer\Civil War\Union  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Credit Line:
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Thomas and Sandra Ammann
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On View:
NPG, East Gallery 110a
Data Source:
National Portrait Gallery