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Donald Henry RUMSFELD

(1932- )

RUMSFELD, Donald Henry, a Representative from Illinois; born in Chicago, Cook County, Ill., July 9, 1932; A.B., Princeton University, Princeton, N.J., 1954; received a commission in the United States Navy and served as a naval aviator and flight instructor, 1954-1957; administrative assistant to United States Representative David Dennison of Ohio, 1957- 1959; staff of United States Representative Robert Griffin of Michigan, 1959; investment broker in Chicago, Ill., 1960-1962; elected as a Republican to the Eighty-eighth Congress and to the three succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1963-May 25, 1969); resigned May 25, 1969; Assistant and Director of the Office of Economic Opportunity in the Cabinet of President Richard M. Nixon, 1969-1970; Counsellor to President Richard M. Nixon, 1970-1973; Director of the Cost of Living Council, 1971-1973; Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, 1973-1974; White House chief of staff in the Administration of President Gerald R. Ford, 1974-1975; Secretary of Defense in the Cabinet of President Gerald R. Ford, 1975-1977; member of President Ronald W. Reagan’s General Advisory Committee on Arms Control and advisor to the government on national security affairs, 1983-1984; Special Presidential Ambassador to the Middle East, 1983-1984; Secretary of Defense in the Cabinet of President George W. Bush, 2001-2006.

Bibliography

Rumsfeld, Donald. Known and Unknown: A Memoir. New York: Sentinel HC Publishing, 2011; Graham, Bradley. By His Own Rules: The Ambitions, Successes, and Ultimate Failures of Donald Rumsfeld. New York: PublicAffairs, 2009.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present

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