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Elliot Richardson
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24th United States Secretary of Commerce
In office
February 2, 1976 – January 20, 1977
President Gerald Ford
Preceded by Rogers Morton
Succeeded by Juanita M. Kreps
22nd United States Ambassador to the United Kingdom
In office
February 20, 1975 – February 2, 1976
President Gerald Ford
Preceded by Walter H. Annenberg
Succeeded by Anne Armstrong
69th United States Attorney General
In office
May 25, 1973 – October 20, 1973
President Richard Nixon
Preceded by Richard Kleindienst
Succeeded by William B. Saxbe
Robert Bork (acting)
11th United States Secretary of Defense
In office
January 30, 1973 – May 24, 1973
President Richard Nixon
Deputy Bill Clements
Preceded by Melvin Laird
Succeeded by James R. Schlesinger
9th United States Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare
In office
June 24, 1970 – January 29, 1973
President Richard Nixon
Preceded by Robert Finch
Succeeded by Caspar Weinberger
25th Under Secretary of State
In office
January 23, 1969 – June 23, 1970
President Richard Nixon
Preceded by Nicholas Katzenbach
Succeeded by John N. Irwin II
52nd Massachusetts Attorney General
In office
January 18, 1967 – January 23, 1969
Governor John A. Volpe
Preceded by Edward T. Martin
Succeeded by Robert H. Quinn
62nd Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts
In office
January 7, 1965 – January 2, 1967
Governor John A. Volpe
Preceded by Francis X. Bellotti
Succeeded by Francis W. Sargent
United States Attorney for the District of Massachusetts
In office
1959–1961
Preceded by Anthony Julian
Succeeded by Wendell Arthur Garrity Jr.
Personal details
Born
Elliot Lee Richardson

(1920-07-20)July 20, 1920
Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Died December 31, 1999(1999-12-31) (aged 79)
Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Resting place

Arlington National Cemetery

Arlington, Virginia
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Anne Francis Hazard Richardson (1929–1999)
Children

Henry S. Richardson (son) Nancy H. Carlson (daughter)

Michael E. Richardson (son)
Alma mater Harvard University (A.B., J.D.)
Awards Purple Heart
Military service
Branch/service United States Army
Years of service 1942–1945
Rank First Lieutenant
Unit 4th Infantry Division (Medical Corps)
Battles/wars World War II

Elliot Lee Richardson (July 20, 1920 – December 31, 1999) was an American lawyer and politician. He was a member of the cabinet of Presidents Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford. As U.S. Attorney General, he was a known figure in the Watergate Scandal, and resigned rather than obey President Nixon's order to fire special prosecutor Archibald Cox.

Richardson served as Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare from 1970 to 1973, Secretary of Defense from January to May 1973, Attorney General from May to October 1973, and Secretary of Commerce from 1976 to 1977. That makes him one of only two individuals to have held four Cabinet positions within the United States government (the other such individual being George Shultz).

On December 31, 1999, Richardson died of a cerebral hemorrhage in Boston, Massachusetts, at the age of 79.


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