James R. Schlesinger

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James R. Schlesinger
1st Secretary of Energy
In office
August 6, 1977 – August 23, 1979
President Jimmy Carter
Preceded by Position established
Succeeded by Charles Duncan, Jr.
12th United States Secretary of Defense
In office
July 2, 1973 – November 19, 1975
President Richard Nixon
Gerald Ford
Preceded by Elliot Richardson
Succeeded by Donald Rumsfeld
9th Director of Central Intelligence
In office
January 2, 1973 – July 2, 1973
President Richard Nixon
Preceded by Richard Helms
Succeeded by William Colby
6th Chairman of the United States Atomic Energy Commission
In office
1971–1973
President Richard Nixon
Preceded by Glenn T. Seaborg
Succeeded by Dixy Lee Ray
Personal details
Born James Rodney Schlesinger
February 15, 1929(1929-02-15)
New York City, U.S.
Died March 27, 2014(2014-03-27) (aged 85)
Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Rachel Line Mellinger (m. 1954-1995; her death)
Children Eight
Alma mater Harvard University
Profession Economist

James Rodney Schlesinger (February 15, 1929 - March 27, 2014) was United States Secretary of Defense from 1973 to 1975 under presidents Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford. He became America's first Secretary of Energy under Jimmy Carter.

On March 27, 2014, Schlesinger died from complications of pneumonia at a Baltimore hospital. He was 85.[1]

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