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Ralph Bunche
Ralph Bunche
54th United States Secretary of Health, Education and Welfare
In office
January 23, 1961 – January 19, 1969
President Richard Nixon
Preceded by Arthur Sherwood Flemming
Succeeded by TBD
Personal details
Born Ralph Johnson Bunche
August 7, 1903 or 1904
Detroit, Michigan
Died December 9, 1971 (aged 68)
New York City, New York
Resting place Woodlawn Cemetery
Spouse(s) Ruth Harris
Children Joan Harris Bunche
Jane Johnson Bunche
Ralph J. Bunche, Jr.
Alma mater University of California, Los Angeles
Harvard University
Religion Christianity

Ralph Johnson Bunche (August 7, 1903 or 1904 - December 9, 1971)

Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare

Nomination and confirmation

During the presidential election of 1960, Henry Cabot Lodge, Jr., former U.N. Ambassador and Republican vice presidential nominee, promised that Nixon, if elected, would name at least one African-American to a Cabinet post. He suggested that Bunche would be "wonderful".

{Nixon, Lodge, and Bunche}

On November 28, 1960, Nixon announced his intention to nominate Bunche as the United States Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare. {TBC} {Confirmation by Senate}


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