Herbert L. Satterlee

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Herbert Livingston Satterlee
Herbert Livingston Satterlee circa 1900.jpg
Satterlee circa 1915
Assistant Secretary of the Navy
In office
December 3, 1908 – March 5, 1909
Preceded by Truman Handy Newberry
Succeeded by Beekman Winthrop
Assistant Secretary of the Treasury
In office
Personal details
Born (1863-10-31)October 31, 1863
Died July 14, 1947(1947-07-14) (aged 83)
Parents George Bowen Satterlee
Sarah Wilcox
Education Columbia University

Herbert Livingston Satterlee (October 31, 1863 – July 14, 1947) was an American lawyer, writer, and businessman who served as the United States United States Assistant Secretary of the Treasury and then the Assistant Secretary of the Navy from 1908 to 1909.[1]


Herbert Livingston Satterlee was born in New York City in 1863, the son of George Bowen Satterlee and Sarah Wilcox.[2] Through his paternal grandmother, Mary LeRoy Livingston, he is a direct descendant of Robert Livingston, the first Lord of colonial America's Livingston Manor.[3]

He received his undergraduate and law degrees from Columbia University. During the Spanish–American War, he volunteered for duty in the Navy, serving as a lieutenant in the Navy Department in Washington.

Before and after the war, Satterlee pursued a successful law practice, focused primarily on corporate law and commercial law. Together with George F. Canfield and Harlan Fiske Stone, he was a founding law partner of Satterlee, Canfield & Stone, a predecessor of the present-day firm Satterlee Stephens Burke & Burke LLP. On November 15, 1900, he married Louisa Pierpont Morgan (1866–1946), daughter of J. P. Morgan. They had two daughters, Mabel Morgan Satterlee and Eleanor Morgan Satterlee. Mabel married Francis Abbott Ingalls II, brother of Laura Ingalls. Eleanor married Milo Sargent Gibbs, but they divorced shortly after.

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. He served as President of The Union League Club from 1938 - 1939.

In 1910, Satterlee and his wife purchased the Sotterley Plantation in Hollywood, Maryland.[4]

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

In failing health, Satterlee committed suicide with a pistol shot through his right temple at his apartment at 1 Beekman Place in Manhattan, New York City on July 14, 1947, at the age of 83.[1]


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