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Patricia Roberts Harris
Patricia R. Harris official portrait.jpg
1st United States Secretary of Health and Human Services
In office
May 4, 1980 – January 20, 1981
President Jimmy Carter
Preceded by Herself (Health, Education, and Welfare)
Succeeded by Richard Schweiker
13th United States Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare
In office
August 3, 1979 – May 4, 1980
President Jimmy Carter
Preceded by Joseph A. Califano Jr.
Succeeded by Herself (Health and Human Services)
Shirley Hufstedler (Education)
6th United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development
In office
January 23, 1977 – September 10, 1979
President Jimmy Carter
Preceded by Carla Anderson Hills
Succeeded by Moon Landrieu
United States Ambassador to Luxembourg
In office
September 7, 1965 – September 22, 1967
President Lyndon B. Johnson
Preceded by William R. Rivkin
Succeeded by George J. Feldman
Personal details
Born
Patricia Roberts

(1924-05-31)May 31, 1924
Mattoon, Illinois, U.S.
Died March 23, 1985(1985-03-23) (aged 60)
Washington, D.C., U.S.
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s)
William Harris (m. 1955–1984)
Education Howard University (BA)
University of Chicago
American University (MS)
George Washington University (JD)
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Patricia Harris in her swearing-in ceremony (in 1965) to be the U.S. Ambassador to Luxembourg.

Patricia Roberts Harris (May 31, 1924March 23, 1985) served as United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, the last United States Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare and the first United States Secretary of Health and Human Services in the administration of President Jimmy Carter. She was the first African American woman to serve as a United States Ambassador, representing the U.S. in Luxembourg under President Lyndon B. Johnson, and the first to enter the line of succession to the Presidency.

Secretary of H.U.D. Patricia Harris, Jimmy Carter and New York Mayor Abraham Beame tour the South Bronx. - NARA - 176392
Secretary of H.U.D. Patricia Harris, Jimmy Carter and New York Mayor Abraham Beame tour the South Bronx. - NARA - 176392

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