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Herbert Livingston Satterlee (1863–1947) was an American lawyer, writer, and businessman who served as United States Assistant Secretary of the Navy from 1908 to 1909. Through his paternal grandmother, Mary LeRoy Livingston, he is a direct descendant of Robert Livingston, the first Lord of colonial America's Livingston Manor.[1]


Herbert Livingston Satterlee was born in New York City in 1863, the son of George Bowen Satterlee and Sarah Wilcox.[2] Satterlee had a successful law practice, focused primarily on corporate law and commercial law; he was senior law partner at Satterlee, Canfield and Stone. In 1900, he married Louisa Pierpont Morgan (1866–1946), daughter of J. P. Morgan.

In 1908, President of the United States Theodore Roosevelt nominated Satterlee as Assistant Secretary of the Navy. Satterlee held this office from December 3, 1908 to March 5, 1909.

In 1910, Satterlee and his wife purchased the Sotterley Plantation in Hollywood, Maryland.

Satterlee authored several books, including a 1939 biography of his father-in-law entitled J. Pierpont Morgan: An Intimate Portrait.


Government offices
Preceded by
Truman Handy Newberry
Assistant Secretary of the Navy
December 3, 1908 – March 5, 1909
Succeeded by
Beekman Winthrop

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