James Forrestal Autograph

James Vincent Forrestal (February 15, 1892 – May 22, 1949) was the last Cabinet-level United States Secretary of the Navy and the first United States Secretary of Defense. More about James Forrestal

Current items with a signature of James Forrestal

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thumbnailJames Forrestal JSA Coa Hand Signed Secretary of the Navy 1942 Appointment Autograph$110.00logo
Forrestal came from a very strict middle-class Irish Catholic family. He was a successful financier on Wall Street before becoming Undersecretary of the Navy in 1940, shortly before the United States entered the Second World War. He became Secretary of the Navy in May 1944 upon the death of his superior, Frank Knox. President Franklin D. Roosevelt requested that Forrestal take the lead in building up the Navy. In 1947, after the end of the war, President Harry S. Truman appointed him the first secretary of the newly created Department of Defense. Forrestal was intensely hostile to the Soviet Union, fearing Communist expansion in Europe and the Middle East. Along with Secretary of State George C. Marshall, he strongly opposed the United States' support for the establishment of the State of Israel, fearing that this would alienate Arab nations which were needed as allies, and whose petroleum reserves were vital for both military and civilian industrial expansion.

Forrestal was a supporter of naval battle groups centered on aircraft carriers. He tried to weaken the proposed Department of Defense for the Navy's benefit, but was hard pressed to run it from 1947 to 1949 after Truman named him Secretary of Defense. The two men were often at odds, and Truman forced Forrestal's resignation. Read even more about James Forrestal at Wikipedia

Traded items with a signature of James Forrestal

In total, we tracked 37 items since 01/01/2008. The chart below shows the trade volume over time.

The most expensive item with a signature of James Forrestal (James Forrestal Signed 8x10 Photo PSA/DNA COA 1st US Secretary of Defense Auto'd) was sold in August 2020 for $449.99 while the cheapest item (James Forrestal former US Secretary of Defense Hand Signed 1946 8 x 10.5 Navy) found a new owner for $0.99 in July 2019. The month with the most items sold (4) was September 2013 with an average selling price of $17.99 for an autographed item of James Forrestal. Sold items reached their highest average selling price in January 2018 with $124.00 and the month that saw the lowest prices with $4.99 was October 2015. In average, an autographed item from James Forrestal is worth $19.99.

Most recently, these items with a signature of James Forrestal were sold on eBay - click here for more items.

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thumbnail James Forrestal (1892-1949) Typed Letter Signed, First Secretary of Defense $17.50logo
thumbnailJames Forrestal - FDR's Sec of Navy/Truman's Sec of Defense/Suicide/Signed Card$38.77logo
thumbnailJames Forrestal - US Secretary of Defense - Group of 3 Autographed Letters (TLS)$33.00logo
thumbnailJames Forrestal - US Secretary of Defense - Pair of Autographed Letter (TLS)$27.00logo
thumbnailJames Forrestal Autographed Letter 1941 First U.S. Secretary of Defense D.49$25.00logo
thumbnailJames Forrestal Autographed Letter 1946 First U.S. Secretary of Defense D.49$18.00logo
thumbnailJames Forrestal First Secretary Of Defense Signed Photo Truman cabinet$19.99logo
thumbnailJames Forrestal Hand Signed Card Secretary of the Navy & Secretary of Defense$18.00logo
thumbnailJames Forrestal Secretary of the Navy document signed and dated May 13 1946$19.98logo
thumbnailjames Forrestal Signed Document Secretary of Navy$19.99logo
thumbnailJAMES FORRESTAL signed index card 1st US SEC OF DEFENSE, SECRETARY OF THE NAVY$39.95logo
thumbnailOriginal Photo Signed by Sec. of Defense James Forrestal to JFK's Atty Clifford$56.00logo
thumbnailSecretary of Defense James Forrestal (President Harry Truman) signed card$4.99logo
thumbnailSecretary of Defense James Forrestal (President Harry Truman) signed card$14.50logo