|"United States Senator
from "North Carolina
November 25, 1846 – March 3, 1855
|Preceded by||"William Haywood|
|Succeeded by||"Asa Biggs|
|12th "United States Secretary of the Navy|
March 6, 1841 – September 11, 1841
|President||"William Henry Harrison
|Preceded by||"James Paulding|
|Succeeded by||"Abel Upshur|
April 17, 1795|
"New Bern, "North Carolina, "U.S.
|Died||May 11, 1866
"Raleigh, "North Carolina, "U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Rebecca Turner (1818–1824)
Mary Polk (1826–1834)
Delia Haywood Williams (1836–1866)
Badger practiced law in "North Carolina, was active in state politics, and served as a state "superior court judge. A supporter of "Andrew Jackson from the 1820s, he separated with him in the mid-1830s, became a leader of the Whig party and helped carry the Whigs to victory in the 1840 Presidential election.
Upon taking office, President "William Henry Harrison appointed Badger as his "Secretary of the Navy, and he continued in that post for a few months (until September 1841, when he resigned to resume private practice) when "John Tyler succeeded to the Presidency upon Harrison's death (April 1841). Badger's brief term as Secretary was marked by efforts to strengthen the Navy in the face of tension with Great Britain, the establishment of the U.S. "Home Squadron, and growing interest in steamships.
Badger resigned in September 1841, during a general cabinet shakeup. He was elected to the Senate in 1846 to fill the unexpired term of "William Henry Haywood, Jr. and remained a Senator until 1855, after choosing not to run for re-election. He was nominated by President "Millard Fillmore as an "Associate Justice of the Supreme Court in 1853, but was not confirmed by the Senate ("John Archibald Campbell got the position). He was a Unionist during the secession crisis but thereafter supported the "Confederate war effort.
Badger died in "Raleigh, North Carolina in 1866.
Two Navy ships have been named in honor of Senator Badger: "USS George E. Badger (DD-196), and "USS Badger (FF-1071). A "Liberty ship, the "SS George E. Badger, also was named in his honor. Badger was a cousin of naval officers "Oscar C. Badger, "Charles J. Badger and "Oscar C. Badger II.
|"United States Secretary of the Navy
|"U.S. Senator (Class 1) from North Carolina
Served alongside: "Willie Mangum, "David Reid
|Chair of the "Joint Enrolled Bills Committee
"George W. Jones