William Perry

American mathematician and businessman, former Secretary of Defense

William James Perry (born October 11, 1927) is an American mathematician, engineer, and businessman. He was the United States Secretary of Defense from February 3, 1994, to January 23, 1997, under President Bill Clinton.[1] He also served as Deputy Secretary of Defense (1993–1994) and Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering (1977–1981).

William Perry
Former U.S. Secretary of Defense William Perry (13758070063) (cropped).jpg
19th United States Secretary of Defense
In office
February 3, 1994 – January 23, 1997
PresidentBill Clinton
DeputyJohn M. Deutch
John P. White
Preceded byLes Aspin
Succeeded byWilliam Cohen
19th United States Deputy Secretary of Defense
In office
January 21, 1993 – February 3, 1994
PresidentBill Clinton
Preceded byDonald J. Atwood Jr.
Succeeded byJohn M. Deutch
Personal details
William James Perry

(1927-10-11) October 11, 1927 (age 95)
Vandergrift, Pennsylvania
Political partyDemocratic
Alma materStanford University
Pennsylvania State University


  1. "William J. Perry Title U.S. Secretary of Defense". National Academy of Engineering.

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