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Josephus Daniels Autographs, Memorabilia & Collectibles

Born: May 18, 1862 in Washington, North Carolina
Died: January 15, 1948 in Raleigh, North Carolina
Josephus Daniels (1862-1948) served as Wilson's Secretary of the Navy from 1913-1921- prior to which he was a successful newspaper owner and editor. As a partisan Democrat, he used his control of the Raleigh News & Observer to advance the party causes. He launched a "White Supremacy" campaign in North Carolina that led to Democrat victories in 1898 and 1900 and the disfranchisement of African-Americans. In 1898, he was credited with inciting the Wilmington Race Riots, an action for which he expressed regret in his autobiography. While Secretary of the Navy, he banned alcohol from US Navy ships and ruled that no prostitution would be permitted within five miles of any naval base. He later served as Ambassador to Mexico (1933-1941) under his friend, Franklin Roosevelt, and is generally credited with improving US-Mexico relations.
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