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The White House Historical Association released a new episode of The White House 1600 Sessions podcast today featuring a conversation with the former Secretary of the Navy, John H. Dalton, about his new memoir, "At the Helm: My Journey with Family, Faith, and Friends to Calm the Storms of Life.” In the episode, Stewart McLaurin, president of the Association, talks with Dalton about his journey from attending the United States Naval Academy to working for President Jimmy Carter and serving as the 70th Secretary of the Navy under President Bill Clinton.

“So many people deal with challenges and failure, and they think that's the period on their life's journey. And John’s story demonstrates that it's not. Instead, it might be a comma,” said McLaurin.

The road to public service was not easy, but for Dalton there was no greater calling than serving his country. This service extends to his current role as an emeritus member of the White House Historical Association's Board of Directors.

“The worst case of my life was when I lost the Savings and Loan Association in San Antonio,” said Dalton. “Less than five years later, I was raising my right hand to become Secretary of the Navy. Nearly having to declare bankruptcy, and then becoming secretary of the Navy is a true miracle.”

Watch the full video of this podcast episode on the Association’s YouTube channel here.

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White House Historical Association President Stewart McLaurin. McLaurin is the host of “The White House 1600 Sessions,” the Association’s official audio and video podcast devoted to exploring the history, cultural impact, untold stories, and personal accounts of America’s most iconic residence and highest office.

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About the White House Historical Association

First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy envisioned a restored White House that conveyed a sense of history through its decorative and fine arts. She sought to inspire Americans, especially children, to explore and engage with American history and its presidents. In 1961, the nonprofit, nonpartisan White House Historical Association was established to support her vision to preserve and share the Executive Mansion’s legacy for generations to come. Supported entirely by private resources, the Association’s mission is to assist in the preservation of the state and public rooms, fund acquisitions for the White House permanent collection, and educate the public on the history of the White House. Since its founding, the Association has given more than $115 million to the White House in fulfillment of its mission.

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