|15th Surgeon General of the United States|
September 8, 1993 – December 31, 1994
|Preceded by||Robert A. Whitney (acting)|
|Succeeded by||Audrey F. Manley (acting)|
Minnie Lee Jones
August 13, 1933
Schaal, Arkansas, U.S.
|Branch/service||Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, United States Army|
|Years of service||USA: 1953–1956|
|Rank||USPHS: Vice Admiral|
Elders was a vice admiral in the Public Health Service Commissioned Corps and the first African American appointed as Surgeon General of the United States. Elders is best known for her frank discussion of her views on controversial issues such as drug legalization and distributing contraception in schools. She was forced to resign in December 1994 amidst controversy as a result of her views. She is currently a professor emerita of pediatrics at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.
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