James R. Schlesinger

United States Secretary of Defense; United States Secretary of Energy; economist, academic and educator (1929-2014)

James Rodney Schlesinger (February 15, 1929 - March 27, 2014) was United States Secretary of Defense from 1973 to 1975 under presidents Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford. He became America's first Secretary of Energy under Jimmy Carter.

James R. Schlesinger
1st United States Secretary of Energy
In office
August 6, 1977 – August 23, 1979
PresidentJimmy Carter
Preceded byPosition established
Succeeded byCharles Duncan, Jr.
12th United States Secretary of Defense
In office
July 2, 1973 – November 19, 1975
PresidentRichard Nixon
Gerald Ford
Preceded byElliot Richardson
Succeeded byDonald Rumsfeld
9th Director of Central Intelligence
In office
January 2, 1973 – July 2, 1973
PresidentRichard Nixon
Preceded byRichard Helms
Succeeded byWilliam Colby
6th Chairman of the United States Atomic Energy Commission
In office
PresidentRichard Nixon
Preceded byGlenn T. Seaborg
Succeeded byDixy Lee Ray
Personal details
James Rodney Schlesinger

(1929-02-15)February 15, 1929
New York City, U.S.
DiedMarch 27, 2014(2014-03-27) (aged 85)
Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Rachel Line Mellinger (m. 1954-1995; her death)
Alma materHarvard University

On March 27, 2014, Schlesinger died from complications of pneumonia at a Baltimore hospital. He was 85.[1]