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  Chandler, William Eaton
NameWilliam Eaton Chandler
Concord, New Hampshire , United States
Born December 28, 1835
DiedNovember 30, 1917 (81 years)
ContributorThomas Walker
Last ModifedThomas Walker
Oct 03, 2008 01:52pm
InfoWilliam Eaton Chandler (28 December 1835–30 November 1917) was a lawyer who served as United States Secretary of the Navy and as a Senator from New Hampshire.

Born in Concord, New Hampshire, Chandler attended the common schools and the academies in Thetford, Vermont, and Pembroke, New Hampshire before attending Harvard Law School where he graduated in 1854. He was admitted to the bar in 1855 and commenced practice in Concord.

In 1859, he was appointed reporter of the decisions of the supreme court of New Hampshire. He then served in the State house of representatives from 1862-1864 and was the speaker during the last two years.

In 1865, Chandler was appointed by President Abraham Lincoln solicitor and judge advocate general of the Navy Department. Subsequently, he was appointed First Assistant Secretary of the Treasury, until he resigned in 1867.

Chandler returned to New Hampshire and became a newspaper publisher and editor during the 1870s and 1880s. Continuing in politics, he was a member of the State constitutional convention in 1876 and a member of the State house of representatives in 1881.

Chandler was appointed by President Chester Arthur as Secretary of the Navy in 1882 and served until 1885.

As a Republican, he was elected to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Austin F. Pike and served from June 14, 1887, to March 3, 1889. Subsequently elected for the term beginning March 4, 1889, he was reelected in 1895 and served from June 18, 1889, to March 3, 1901. He was an unsuccessful candidate for renomination. He served as chairman, Committee on Immigration (Fifty-first and Fifty-second Congresses), Committee on Census (Fifty-fourth Congress), Committee on Privileges and Elections (Fifty-fifth and Fifty-sixth Congresses).

Chandler was appointed by President William McKinley as president of the Spanish Claims Treaty Commission 1901-1908.

Leaving public office, Chandler resumed the practice of law in Concord and Washington, D.C..

He died at Concord in 1917.

USS Chandler (DD-206) was named for him.



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Wife Lucy Lambert Hale Chandler 00, 1874- 00, 1915
Son John Parker Hale Chandler Sr. 1885-1940
Father In-Law John Parker Hale 1806-1873
Mother In-Law Lucy Hill Lambert Hale 1814-1902

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