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President Harry S. Truman's Cabinet

Terms of Office (1945 - 1953)

PRESIDENT HARRY S. TRUMAN'S CABINET
TERMS OF OFFICE
1945 - 1953

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Department of Agriculture (USDA)

AGRICULTURE

SECRETARY OF THE DEPARTMENT OF:

  • 09/40 (held over from FDR): Wickard, Claude R. (Raymond) [1893-1967]
    resigned 04/17/45, effective 06/30/45
    • See: Personal Papers at Franklin D. Roosevelt Library
  • 06/30/45 (sworn in): Anderson, Clinton P. (Presba) [1895-1975]
    nominated 05/23/45
    confirmed 06/01/45
    resigned 05/07/48, effective 05/10/48
     
    • Personal Papers (6 linear feet)
    • See also: Personal Papers at the Library of Congress
    • See: Oral History at Lyndon B. Johnson Library
  • 06/02/48 (sworn in): Brannan, Charles F. (Franklin) [1903-1992]
    nominated 05/24/48
    confirmed 05/28/48
    served until 01/20/53
     
    • Personal Papers (28.8 linear feet)
    • See: Oral History at Columbia University Libraries, Oral History Research Office

 

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Department of the Air Force (USAF)

AIR FORCE

SECRETARY OF THE DEPARTMENT OF THE:

  • 09/18/47 (sworn in): Symington, (William) Stuart [1901-1988]
    nominated 08/21/47 (recess appointment)
    confirmed 12/08/47
    served until sworn in as Chairman of the National Security Resources Board 04/24/50 (appointed 03/30/50)
     
    • Personal Papers (6 linear feet)
    • Oral History (86 pages)
    • See also: Oral Histories at Lyndon B. Johnson Library
  • 04/24/50 (sworn in): Finletter, Thomas K. (Knight) [1893-1980]
    nominated 04/05/50
    confirmed 04/13/50
    served until 01/20/53
     
    • Personal Papers (7 linear feet)
    • Oral History (84 pages)
    • See also: Oral History at Lyndon B. Johnson Library
    • See also: Adlai E. Stevenson Oral History Project at Columbia University Libraries, OralHistory Research Office

Department of the Army (USA)

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ARMY

SECRETARY OF THE DEPARTMENT OF THE:

  • 8/21/47 (appointed): Royall, Kenneth C. (Claiborne) [1894-1971]
    resigned 04/01/49, effective 04/27/49
     
    • See: Personal Papers at Manuscripts Department, Library of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • 06/20/49 (sworn in): Gray, Gordon [1909-1982]
    nominated 06/07/49
    confirmed 06/13/49
    resigned 02/06/50, effective 04/13/50 (in order to become President of the University of North Carolina)
     
    • Personal Papers (Less than linear foot)
    • Truman Papers: Gordon Gray Files (10 linear feet)
    • See also: Personal Papers at The Dwight D. Eisenhower Library & Museum
    • See also: Personal Papers at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Manuscripts Division
    • See also: Personal Papers at U.S. Army Military History Institute
    • Oral History(57 pages)
    • See also: Oral History (#342) at Dwight D. Eisenhower Library
    • See also: The Eisenhower White House Oral History (#508) Dwight D. Eisenhower Library
  • 04/13/50 (sworn in): Pace, Frank C. Jr. [1912-1988]
    nominated 03/30/50
    confirmed 04/10/50
    served until 01/20/53
     
    • Personal Papers (9 linear feet)
    • Oral History (174 pages)
    • See also: Oral History at Lyndon B. Johnson Library

 

Department of Commerce (DOC)

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COMMERCE

SECRETARY OF THE DEPARTMENT OF:

  • 03/02/45 (held over from FDR): Wallace, Henry A. (Agard)[1888-1965]
    asked to resign by President Truman 09/20/46, effective 09/20/46
     
    • See: Personal Papers at Franklin D. Roosevelt Library
    • See also: Personal Papers at University of Iowa, Historical and Literary Manuscripts Collections, Special Collections Department
    • See also: Personal Papers at Library of Congress, Manuscript Division (Microfilm)
    • See also: Personal Papers at Iowa State University, Parks Library (Microfilm)
    • See: Oral History at Columbia University Libraries, Oral History Research Office
    • See also: Oral Histories at Franklin D. Roosevelt Library
  • 10/07/46 (sworn in): Harriman, W. (William) Averell [1891-1986]
    nominated 09/22/46 (recess appointment)
    confirmed 01/27/47
    resigned 04/22/48, effective 04/22/48

     
  • 05/06/48 (sworn in): Sawyer, Charles [1887-1979]
    nominated 04/22/48
    confirmed 05/05/48
    served until 01/20/53

     

Department of Defense (DOD)

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DEFENSE

SECRETARY OF THE DEPARTMENT OF:

  • 09/17/47 (sworn in): Forrestal, James V. (Vincent) [1892-1949]
    nominated 07/26/47
    confirmed 07/26/47
    resigned 03/03/49, effective 03/31/49
     
  • 03/28/49 (sworn in): Johnson, Louis A. (Arthur) [1891-1966]
    nominated 03/03/49
    confirmed 03/23/49
    resigned 09/12/50, effective 09/19/50

     
  • 09/21/50 (sworn in): Marshall, George C. (Catlett), Jr. [1880-1959]
    nominated 09/18/50
    confirmed 09/20/50
    resigned 09/12/51, effective 09/12/51

     
  • 09/17/51 (sworn in): Lovett, Robert A. (Abercrombie) [1895-1986]
    nominated 09/12/51
    confirmed 09/14/51
    served until 01/20/53

     
  • Personal Papers (4 reels of Microfilm)
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  • See also: Oral History at Dwight D. Eisenhower Library

Department of the Interior (DOI)

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INTERIOR

SECRETARY OF THE DEPARTMENT OF THE:

  • 03/04/33 (held over from FDR): Ickes, Harold L. (LeClair) [1874-1952]
    resigned 02/12/46, effective 02/15/46

     
    • See: Personal Papers at Library of Congress, Manuscript Division
  • 03/15/46 (sworn in): Krug, Julius A. (Albert) [1907-1970]
    nominated 02/26/46
    confirmed 03/05/46
    resigned 11/10/49, effective 12/01/49


     
  • 12/01/49 (sworn in): Chapman, Oscar L. (Littleton) [1896-1978]
    nominated 11/11/49
    confirmed 01/18/50
    served until 01/20/53
     

Department of Justice (DOJ)

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JUSTICE

ATTORNEY GENERAL OF THE DEPARTMENT OF:

  • 09/05/41 (held over from FDR): Biddle, Francis B. (Beverley) [1886-1968]
    resigned 05/21/45, effective 06/30/45
     
    • See also: Francis Biddle Collection of Nuremberg Trial Documents at Syracuse University, Arents Library, Special Collections
  • 06/30/45 (sworn in): Clark, Tom C. (Campbell) [1899-1977]
    nominated 05/23/45
    served until sworn in as Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court 08/24/49

     
  • 08/24/49 (sworn in): McGrath, J. (James) Howard [1903-1966]
    nominated 07/28/49
    confirmed 08/18/49
    resigned 04/03/52, effective 04/07/52
     
  • 05/27/52 (sworn in): McGranery, James P. (Patrick) [1895-1962]
    nominated 04/03/52
    confirmed 05/20/52
    served until 01/20/53

     
    • See: Personal Papers at Library of Congress, Manuscript Division

Department of Labor (DOL)

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LABOR

SECRETARY OF THE DEPARTMENT OF:

  • 03/04/33 (held over from FDR): Perkins, Frances [1880-1965]
    resigned 05/23/45, effective 06/30/45
     
  • 06/30/45 (sworn in): Schwellenbach, Lewis B. (Baxter) [1894-1948]
    nominated 05/23/45
    confirmed 05/31/45
    died in office 06/10/48

     
    • See: Personal Papers at Library of Congress, Manuscript Division
  • 08/13/48 (sworn in): Tobin, Maurice J. (Joseph) [1901-1953]
    nominated 08/07/48
    confirmed 01/31/49
    served until 01/20/53
     

Department of the Navy (USN)

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SECRETARY OF THE DEPARTMENT OF THE:

  • 03/19/44 (held over from FDR): Forrestal, James V. (Vincent) [1892-1949]
    served until appointed Secretary of Defense 09/17/47

     
  • 09/18/47 (sworn in): Sullivan, John L. (Lawrence) [1899-1982]
    nominated 11/24/47
    confirmed 12/08/47
    resigned 04/26/49, effective 05/25/49
     
  • 05/25/49 (sworn in): Matthews, Francis P. (Patrick) [1887-1952]
    nominated 05/13/49
    confirmed 05/19/49
    resigned 07/26/51, effective 07/31/51
     
  • 07/31/51 (sworn in): Kimball, Dan A. (Able) [1896-1970]
    nominated 06/28/51
    confirmed 07/27/51
    served until 01/20/53