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Ray Marshall
16th United States Secretary of Labor
In office
January 27, 1977 – January 20, 1981
President Jimmy Carter
Preceded by William Usery, Jr.
Succeeded by Raymond J. Donovan
Personal details
Born August 22, 1928 (1928-08-22) (age 92)
Oak Grove, Louisiana
Political party Democratic
Alma mater Louisiana State University
Millsaps College
University of California-Berkeley
Profession sailor, professor
Military service
Branch/service United States Navy
Battles/wars World War II

Freddie Ray Marshall (born August 22, 1928) is an American politician, writer, and educator. He is the Professor Emeritus of the Audre and Bernard Rapoport Centennial Chair in Economics and Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin.

Early life

Marshall was born in 1928 in Oak Grove, Louisiana. He spent some of his youth in an orphanage. He joined the US Navy at age 15 by overstating his age. After serving in World War II, he attended Louisiana State University and Millsaps College.

While attending Millsaps, he became a member of Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity. He has a Ph.D is from University of California, Berkeley in economics.


He has held several academic posts, but since 1962 has been at the University of Texas, with the exception of his term as United States Secretary of Labor as a member of Jimmy Carter's Administration.

As Secretary of Labor, he expanded public service and job-training programs, as a part of Carter's economic stimulus program.

Personal life

Marshall was also one of the founders of the Economic Policy Institute in 1986.

  • Editor: Back to Shared Prosperity: The Growing Inequality of Wealth and Income in America, ISBN: 978-0765604255
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