13th and 21st Secretary of Defense of the United States, sworn in by Gerald Ford, November 20, 1975 and by George W. Bush, January 20, 2001

born July 9, 1932
Chicago, Illinois


  • 1954: B.A., politics, Princeton University
  • honorary degrees in law from:
    • Park College
    • Lake Forest College
    • Illinois College

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Miscellaneous Achievements

references: www.defenselink.mil, http://www.amylin.com/website/Corp_Info/Rumsfeld.htm, http://www.lbjlib.utexas.edu/ford/library/exhibits/cabinet/rumsfeld.htm, http://security-policy.org/flame1998.html, http://www.smithbarney.com/features/press/pr051299.html, http://www.cnn.com/2002/US/09/10/ar911.air.defense/index.html ("The decision to arm the portable Stinger missile launchers was made Tuesday morning by Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, Pentagon officials said.")

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