Josephus Daniels

Josephus Daniels
Josephus Daniels
  • Born: May 18, 1862
  • Died: January 15, 1948
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Politician









Josephus Daniels was a newspaper editor and publisher from North Carolina who became active in politics. A progressive Democrat, he was appointed by United States President Woodrow Wilson to serve as Secretary of the Navy during World War I. He became a close friend and supporter of Franklin D. Roosevelt, who served as his Assistant Secretary of the Navy and later was elected as United States president. Roosevelt appointed Daniels as his Ambassador to Mexico, 1933-41.

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By freedom of the press I mean that no influence, whether of money or power or any other thing, either directs its policy or inclines it to suppression, or advocacy, for any consideration except the common good. Freedom & Liberty
Does the absence of the word “male” before “citizen” in the law that allowed us to enlist sailors, mean that we could enlist women? Discrimination & Prejudice
How much of this junk shall we buy? Military & Veterans
The saloon is as dead as slavery. Alcohol, Tobacco & Other Drugs
Without oil our Navy would be like painted ships upon a painted ocean. Energy
A man is as old as his arteries and his interests. If he permits his economic, religious, or social arteries to harden, or loses interest in whatever concerns mankind... he will need only six feet of earth.
Army: A body of men assembled to rectify the mistakes of the diplomats.
Defeat never comes to any man until he admits it.
Destroyers were the first to herald our entrance into the war. War & Peace
Dullness is the only crime for which an editor ought to be hung.
Men who live valiantly and die nobly have a strength and a courage from the eternal Father.
So popular is the naval service the only embarrassment is that men volunteer so rapidly we have to work overtime to give them hardy, adequate housing and proper training. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
The destroyer Cork, like the useful hero for whom it is named, will be game to the last.
There is no rank in sacrifice.
To compel the nation with challenge the traditional American doctrine of freedom of the seas, every man and every ship in the navy is solemnly pledged. Freedom & Liberty