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InformationDetail
BirthdayOctober 27, 1838
Died onAugust 28, 1915
NationalityAmerican
FamousRepublicans, Harvard University, Lawyers & Judges, Political Leaders, Lawyers, Politician, Writers
IdeologiesRepublicans
City/StateMaine
SpousesAgnes Pierce
Known asJohn D. Long
ChildrensHelen Long, Margaret Long, Pierce Long
Universities
  • Harvard University
  • Harvard University
Notable Alumnis
  • Harvard University
Birth PlaceBuckfield, Maine
Political IdeologyRepublican Party
GenderMale
FatherZadoc Long
MotherJulia Temple (Davis) Long
Sun SignScorpio
Born inBuckfield, Maine
Famous asLawyer, Politician & Writer
Died at Age76

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Who is John Davis Long?

John Davis Long was an American politician, lawyer and writer, and served as the Secretary of the Navy during the Spanish-American War. Long brought in many reforms during his time in the politics. He was born in Buckfield and studied law from Harvard Law School. After his stint with law first in Buckfield and then in Boston, Long went into politics. He started his political career by taking part in the local politics and soon became the member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives. He was also the speaker of the house and served tenure as the lieutenant governor of Massachusetts. He served around six years in the United States Congress and took a break from politics for some time to practice law in Massachusetts. He then served as the U.S. Secretary of Navy from 1897 to 1901, during which Spanish-American War broke out and Long was responsible for taking major Navy decisions at the time. He resigned from his position in 1901 and went back to practicing law until his death in 1915.

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Childhood & Early Life

John D. Long was born in Buckfield, Maine, to Zadoc Long and Julia Temple Long. He attended Hebron Academy, for his primary studies and later graduated from Harvard in 1857, as a part of Phi Beta Kappa.

He used to write for a student magazine at Harvard. He also founded a private journal and maintained it for the rest of his life. He was so good at writing that he was asked to write an ode for his graduation ceremony.

After graduating, he became the headmaster of the Westford Academy in Westford, Massachusetts for 2 years. Later, he took admission in the Harvard Law School. He practiced law without any success in Buckfield and later went to Boston.

Career

After his stint with law in Boston, Long became more and more interested in politics and involved himself at the local level in Hingham in 1870. He got a spontaneous Democratic nomination for a seat in Massachusetts House of Representatives but lost.

He again got nominated by Democrats and reformist Republicans for a seat in the Massachusetts House of Representatives but lost the election again in 1872, which convinced him to become more of a Republican.

In 1874, Long presided over the state Republican convention and won election to the state legislatures. He supported Alexander H. Rice, the successful gubernatorial candidate.

He was elected to the post of speaker in 1876 and supported Benjamin Bristow in his Republican presidential nomination, in an effort to widen his reform views. Soon after, Long won the lieutenant governor nomination.

His tenure as the governor was rather monotonous, during which he tried to bring reforms in society in his own way. During this time, he wrote a verse translation of Virgil’s ‘Aeneid’.

When Long’s term as the governor ended, he was elected to the United States Congress in 1882. His time in the Congress was also without much event. He served the Congress for 6 years and administrated pensions and Navy finances, etc.

From 1889, after his tenure ended with the Congress, Long decided not to continue with it and spent the next 8 years of his life practicing private law. His main clientele was of corporate nature and was still active in the Republican Party Circles.

From 1889-1897, Long was on the committee to administer the expansion of the Massachusetts State House. But soon after his tenure with the committee ended, he was chosen to be the Secretary of the Navy by the United States Senate.

During his time as the Secretary of Navy, tension started to build between Spain and America, but Long was of the view that there would be no war. In 1898, he was compelled to make plans for a war after ‘Maine’ exploded at Havana.

After the Spanish-American war broke out, Long oversaw Navy’s activities throughout the war. He was the one who ordered to neutralize the Spanish fleet in the Philippines, the seizure of Spanish Guam, etc.

A lot of pressure built on the navy during the war, therefore Long appointed a permanent advisory staff after the war settled, in 1900. The appointed team was to unify the work of the Office of Naval Intelligence and make war plans and preparations.

Around the same time, Long was seen as a potential vice president candidate but he failed to get the ticket as Henry Cabot Lodge did not want him to win the ticket.

In 1901, Long resigned from his position as the Secretary of the Navy and returned to Massachusetts, where he went back to practicing private law and served as president of the Puritan Trust Company. He followed this lifestyle until his death.

He published ‘The New American Navy’, a history of Spanish-American War and the role and development of American Navy in it, in 1903. He also funded the set up of a public library in Buckfield called ‘Zadoc Long Free Library’.

Personal Life & Legacy

He got married to Mary Woodford Glover in 1870 and they both lived in Hingham, Massachusetts. They had two daughters together: Margaret Long and Helen Long. Mary died in 1882.

Long got married again in 1886 to Agnes Pierce. She was a teacher and a daughter of a Universalist minister. They both had a son together: Pierce Long. He died in 1915 in Hingham, Massachusetts.

Trivia

While Long was practicing private law in Massachusetts after his long stint with Congress, he suffered from a nervous breakdown that forced him to take a break from his legal practice.

Long was not liked by Henry Cabot Lodge, who opposed his selection as the Secretary of the Navy and he helped Theodore Roosevelt to secure the position of Assistant Secretary to make sure that Long did not spend his tenure peacefully as Roosevelt’s views over the development of the Navy were strikingly different from Long’s.

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John Davis Long biography timelines

  • // 27th Oct 1838
    John D. Long was born in Buckfield, Maine, to Zadoc Long and Julia Temple Long. He attended Hebron Academy, for his primary studies and later graduated from Harvard in 1857, as a part of Phi Beta Kappa.
  • // 1870
    After his stint with law in Boston, Long became more and more interested in politics and involved himself at the local level in Hingham in 1870. He got a spontaneous Democratic nomination for a seat in Massachusetts House of Representatives but lost.
  • // 1870 To 1882
    He got married to Mary Woodford Glover in 1870 and they both lived in Hingham, Massachusetts. They had two daughters together: Margaret Long and Helen Long. Mary died in 1882.
  • // 1872
    He again got nominated by Democrats and reformist Republicans for a seat in the Massachusetts House of Representatives but lost the election again in 1872, which convinced him to become more of a Republican.
  • // 1874
    In 1874, Long presided over the state Republican convention and won election to the state legislatures. He supported Alexander H. Rice, the successful gubernatorial candidate.
  • // 1876
    He was elected to the post of speaker in 1876 and supported Benjamin Bristow in his Republican presidential nomination, in an effort to widen his reform views. Soon after, Long won the lieutenant governor nomination.
  • // 1882
    When Long’s term as the governor ended, he was elected to the United States Congress in 1882. His time in the Congress was also without much event. He served the Congress for 6 years and administrated pensions and Navy finances, etc.
  • // 1889
    From 1889, after his tenure ended with the Congress, Long decided not to continue with it and spent the next 8 years of his life practicing private law. His main clientele was of corporate nature and was still active in the Republican Party Circles.
  • // 1889 To 1897
    From 1889-1897, Long was on the committee to administer the expansion of the Massachusetts State House. But soon after his tenure with the committee ended, he was chosen to be the Secretary of the Navy by the United States Senate.
  • // 1898
    During his time as the Secretary of Navy, tension started to build between Spain and America, but Long was of the view that there would be no war. In 1898, he was compelled to make plans for a war after ‘Maine’ exploded at Havana.
  • // 1900
    A lot of pressure built on the navy during the war, therefore Long appointed a permanent advisory staff after the war settled, in 1900. The appointed team was to unify the work of the Office of Naval Intelligence and make war plans and preparations.
  • // 1901
    In 1901, Long resigned from his position as the Secretary of the Navy and returned to Massachusetts, where he went back to practicing private law and served as president of the Puritan Trust Company. He followed this lifestyle until his death.
  • // 1903
    He published ‘The New American Navy’, a history of Spanish-American War and the role and development of American Navy in it, in 1903. He also funded the set up of a public library in Buckfield called ‘Zadoc Long Free Library’.
  • // 28th Aug 1915
    Long got married again in 1886 to Agnes Pierce. She was a teacher and a daughter of a Universalist minister. They both had a son together: Pierce Long. He died in 1915 in Hingham, Massachusetts.

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John Davis Long's FAQ

  • What is John Davis Long birthday?

    John Davis Long was born at 1838-10-27

  • When was John Davis Long died?

    John Davis Long was died at 1915-08-28

  • Where was John Davis Long died?

    John Davis Long was died in Hingham, Massachusetts

  • Which age was John Davis Long died?

    John Davis Long was died at age 76

  • Where is John Davis Long's birth place?

    John Davis Long was born in Buckfield, Maine

  • What is John Davis Long nationalities?

    John Davis Long's nationalities is American

  • What is John Davis Long ideologies?

    John Davis Long's ideologies is Republicans

  • Who is John Davis Long spouses?

    John Davis Long's spouses is Agnes Pierce

  • Who is John Davis Long childrens?

    John Davis Long's childrens is Helen Long, Margaret Long, Pierce Long

  • What was John Davis Long universities?

    John Davis Long studied at Harvard University, Harvard University

  • What was John Davis Long notable alumnis?

    John Davis Long's notable alumnis is Harvard University

  • What is John Davis Long's political ideology?

    John Davis Long's political ideology is Republican Party

  • Who is John Davis Long's father?

    John Davis Long's father is Zadoc Long

  • Who is John Davis Long's mother?

    John Davis Long's mother is Julia Temple (Davis) Long

  • What is John Davis Long's sun sign?

    John Davis Long is Scorpio

  • How famous is John Davis Long?

    John Davis Long is famouse as Lawyer, Politician & Writer