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Order of Establishment of the Executive Departments


*Indicates current Executive Departments in order of establishment.

Rank*

Year

Executive Departments

1

1789

2

1789

3

1789
1947

Department of War
Department of Defense (merger of War and Navy departments)

4

1789
1870

Attorney General
Department of Justice

1798

Department of the Navy
(merged with War Department in 1947)

1829

Postmaster General
(Post Office privatized in 1970)

5

1849

6

1862

1903

Department of Commerce and Labor
(Departments split in 1913)

7

1913

8

1913

9

1953
1980

Department of Health, Education and Welfare
Department of Health and Human Services

10

1965

11

1966

12

1977

13

1979

14

1989

15

2002

See list of Cabinet Members by Administration.


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