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Presidential Madness (Round 10): Best defense secretary ever

April 2, 2013 by NCC Staff


Our quest to pick the best presidential Cabinet ever continues with a two-person vote to select your favorite person ever to head the Defense Department.

United_States_Department_of_Defense_Seal.svgAt Constitution Daily, madness doesn’t just apply to the NCAA—it’s also an awesome excuse to give the bracket treatment to the executive branch of government. This year, it’s all about the presidential Cabinet.

Get into Presidential Madness by downloading a bracket [PDF] and predicting who you think will make it to the finals as best Cabinet member of all time. Check in and vote each day at Constitution Daily for the latest round of polling.

Round 10: Best secretary of defense ever

Our readers have narrowed a distinguished group to two finalists: Henry Stimson, who topped the group of historical defense secretaries (then called the secretary of war), and Caspar Weinberger, who beat out three other modern-day secretaries of defense.

Henry Stimson served from 1911 to 1913, and from 1940 to 1945. He had two tours at the War Department, including managing a 13-million-member military during World War II, and overseeing the atomic bomb program.

Caspar Weinberger served from 1981 to 1987. Weinberger led the Defense Department for Ronald Reagan and oversaw a massive effort to build up the military as the Soviet Union crumbled.

Pick your favorite in our polls below, and check back each day to see a new Presidential Madness vote!

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