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Elliot Richardson

Born: Jul 20, 1920

Death: Dec 31, 1999

Birthplace: Boston

Profession: Lawyer

Nationality: United States

Elliot Richardson

Date of Birth : Jul 20, 1920
Date of Death : Dec 31, 1999
Birth Place : Boston

Elliot Lee Richardson was an American lawyer and politician who was a member of the cabinet of Presidents Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford. As U.S. Attorney General, he was a prominent figure in the Watergate Scandal, and resigned rather than obey President Nixon's order to fire special prosecutor Archibald Cox. Richardson served as Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare from 1970 to 1973, Secretary of Defense from January to May 1973, Attorney General from May to October 1973, and Secretary of Commerce from 1976 to 1977. That makes him one of only two individuals to have held four Cabinet positions within the United States government.


  • Lawyer

Also known as

  • Elliot L. Richardson

Awards Won

  • Purple Heart
  • Presidential Medal of Freedom
  • Lasker-Bloomberg Public Service Award
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