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Born: July 1, 1802

Died: February 11, 1878 (aged 75)

Nationality: American

Occupation: Soldier

Bio: Gideon Welles was the United States Secretary of the Navy from 1861 to 1869. His buildup of the Navy to successfully execute blockades of Southern ports was a key component of Northern victory of the Civil War. Welles was also instrumental in the Navy's creation of the Medal of Honor.

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