RUMSFELD, Donald Henry

RUMSFELD, Donald Henry
Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives


RUMSFELD, Donald Henry, A Representative from Illinois; born in Chicago, Cook County, Ill., July 9, 1932; A.B., Princeton University, Princeton, N.J., 1954; received a commission in the United States Navy and served as a naval aviator and flight instructor, 1954-1957; administrative assistant to United States Representative David Dennison of Ohio, 1957- 1959; staff of United States Representative Robert Griffin of Michigan, 1959; investment broker in Chicago, Ill., 1960-1962; elected as a Republican to the Eighty-eighth Congress and to the three succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1963-May 25, 1969); resigned May 25, 1969; Assistant and Director of the Office of Economic Opportunity in the Cabinet of President Richard M. Nixon, 1969-1970; Counsellor to President Richard M. Nixon, 1970-1973; Director of the Cost of Living Council, 1971-1973; Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, 1973-1974; White House chief of staff in the Administration of President Gerald R. Ford, 1974-1975; Secretary of Defense in the Cabinet of President Gerald R. Ford, 1975-1977; member of President Ronald W. Reagan's General Advisory Committee on Arms Control and advisor to the government on national security affairs, 1983-1984; Special Presidential Ambassador to the Middle East, 1983-1984; Secretary of Defense in the Cabinet of President George W. Bush, 2001-2006; died on June 29, 2021, in Taos, N.Mex; interment at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va.

View Record in the Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress

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External Research Collections

Library of Congress
Manuscript Division

Washington, DC
Papers: ca. 25,000 items. Restricted.

National Archives and Records Administration
Nixon Presidential Materials Project

Washington, DC
Papers: 4 reels of microfilm. Scrapbooks. Reflect his activities as Assistant and Counsellor to President Nixon. Original repository unknown. Processing and finding aids in progress. Restricted.
Oral History: February 8, 1973. Exit interview. Restricted.
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Bibliography / Further Reading

Cockburn, Andrew. Rumsfeld: His Rise, Fall, and Catastrophic Legacy. New York: Scribner, 2007.

Decter, Midge. Rumsfeld: A Personal Portrait. New York: ReganBooks, 2003.

Graham, Bradley. By His Own Rules: The Ambitions, Successes, and Ultimate Failures of Donald Rumsfeld. New York: PublicAffairs, 2009.

Herspring, Dale R. Rumsfeld's Wars: The Arrogance of Power. Lawrence, KS: University Press of Kansas, 2008.

Krames, Jeffrey A. The Rumsfeld Way: Leadership Wisdom of a Battle-Hardened Maverick. New York: McGraw-Hill, 2003.

Ratner, Michael, and Center for Constitutional Rights. The Trial of Donald Rumsfeld: A Prosecution by Book. New York: New Press, 2008.

Rumsfeld, Donald. Known and Unknown: A Memoir. New York: Sentinel HC Publishing, 2011.

Scarborough, Rowan. Rumsfeld's War: The Untold Story of America's Anti-Terrorist Commander. Washington: Regnery Publishing, 2004.

Seely, Hart. Pieces of Intelligence: The Existential Poetry of Donald H. Rumsfeld. New York: Free Press, 2003.

U. S. Congress. Senate. Committee on Labor and Public Welfare. Nomination. Hearing. Ninety-First Congress, First Session, on Donald Rumsfeld, of Illinois, to be Director, Office of Economic Opportunity. May 13, 1969. Washington: GPO, 1969.

U. S. Congress. Senate. Committee on Armed Services. Nomination of Donald Rumsfeld to be Secretary of Defense: Hearing Before the Committee on Armed Services, United States Senate, Ninety-Fourth Congress, First Session...November 12-13, 1975. Washington: GPO, 1975.

U. S. Congress. Senate. Committee on Armed Services. Nominations before the Senate Armed Services Committee, First Session, 107th Congress: Hearings Before the Committee on Armed Services, United States Senate, on Nominations of Donald H. Rumsfeld; Dr. Paul D. Wolfowitz; Dr. Dov. S. Zakheim...January 11, February 27, April 24, 26, May 1, 10, June 5, 7, 22, 27, July 31, August 1, September 13, 25, October 11, 23, November 8, December 4, 2001. Washington: GPO, 2002.

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