Henry Knox was the United States’s first Secretary of War, serving until December 31, 1794. As such, he helped plan the creation of the new United States Navy and created this list of the first captains of the six proposed frigates, which at this time were still unnamed. Each of these six captains served as superintendents in the construction of the individual ships. As the first appointed captains, John Barry, Samuel Nicholson, Silas Talbot, Richard Dale, Thomas Truxton, and James Sever became the first senior officers of the U.S. Navy. James Sever was to oversee the construction of the ship built at Portsmouth, New Hampshire, which would become USS Congress.