Saturday, September 27, 2014

Franklin & Josephus

Last week I began watching the seven-part film by Ken Burns, The Roosevelts, An Intimate History. Episode three chronicles Franklin Delano Roosevelt's appointment as Assistant Secretary of the Navy, serving under North Carolinian, Josephus Daniels, Jr.

While watching the film, I was reminded that Josephus Daniels (1862-1948), at just two years old, was taken to live on Ocracoke after Washington, NC was burned during the Civil War. Until the war ended he lived with his family in a house (which is no longer standing) directly across the road from the Community Store.

In 1913 Josephus Daniels was appointed Secretary of the Navy by President Woodrow Wilson.

Josephus Daniels, Jr.

You can read more about Josephus Daniels and the Civil War in eastern North Carolina here:

Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is about the Unionist North Carolina State Government established at Hatteras in 1861. You can read all about it here:

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