The political process of the American people has, through its custom of rewarding party constancy I placed individuals of widely varying aptitudes, abilities and interest in the office of the Secretary of the Navy. Despite the gross ineptitude of some, the short tenure of office of others, and the uninformed minds of a few, the mantel of the secretaryship of the Navy has fallen on the shoulders of some whose initial maritime acumen was relatively slight but which broadened and deepened in the furnace of accepted responsibility and on the forge of harsh demand
Allin, Lawrence C.
"Abel Parker Upshur and The Dignity of Discipline,"
Naval War College Review: Vol. 23
, Article 11.
Available at: https://digital-commons.usnwc.edu/nwc-review/vol23/iss6/11