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Arthur Sherwood Flemming

Born: Jun 12, 1905

Death: Sep 7, 1996

Birthplace: Kingston

Nationality: United States

Arthur Sherwood Flemming

Date of Birth : Jun 12, 1905
Date of Death : Sep 7, 1996
Birth Place : Kingston

Arthur Sherwood Flemming was an American government official. He served as the United States Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare from 1958 until 1961 under President Dwight D. Eisenhower's administration. Flemming was an important force in the shaping of Social Security policy for more than four decades. He also served as president of the University of Oregon, Ohio Wesleyan University, and Macalester College. In 1966, he was elected to a four-year term as president of the National Council of Churches, the leading Christian ecumenical organization in the United States. From 1974 to 1981, he was the chairman of the United States Commission on Civil Rights.

Awards Won


  • Presidential Medal of Freedom
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