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W. Graham Claytor, Jr.

Born: Mar 14, 1912

Death: May 14, 1994

Birthplace: Roanoke

Nationality: United States

W. Graham Claytor, Jr.

Date of Birth : Mar 14, 1912
Date of Death : May 14, 1994
Birth Place : Roanoke

William Graham Claytor, Jr. was an American lawyer, naval officer, and railroad, transportation and defense administrator for the United States government, working under the administrations of three US presidents. He is remembered for his actions as the captain of the destroyer escort USS Doyle in World War II which helped to save 316 lives during the USS Indianapolis tragedy. Over 30 years later, Claytor's moderate actions on behalf of the rights of female and gay service personnel as Secretary of the Navy were considered progressive for the time. He is also credited with a distinguished transportation career, including ten years as president of the Southern Railway and 11 years as the head of Amtrak, guiding the passenger railroad through a particularly difficult period in its history. He was named the Virginian of the Year in 1977.

Also known as

  • W. Graham Claytor


  • Gertrude Harris Boatwright Claytor
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