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Sixth Territorial Governor
(August 11, 1844)
When John Branch's wife, along with the other wives of cabinet members, refused to recognize John Eaton's wife Peggy O'Neale socially, it caused a scandal that resulted in the resignation of President Andrew Jackson's entire cabinet.
Later, in 1844 Branch was appointed Governor of Florida by President John Tyler.
Before serving as Secretary of the Navy, Branch served in North Carolina as a State Senator, Governor, and United States Senator.