Accepting congratulations on becoming Secretary of Health, Education
and Welfare, the first of his record-setting four Cabinet appointments!
Typed Letter signed: "Elliot L. Richardson" as Secretary of
Health, Education and Welfare, 1 page, 6½x9. Washington, D.C., 1970 July
7. On official letterhead to Walter H. Bieringer, Executive Vice President,
Plymouth Rubber Company, Canton, Massachusetts. In full: "Many thanks
for your very thankful letter of congratulations! I warmly appreciate your
encouragement. There's a lot to be done at HEW, and while I'm looking forward to
my assignment here with some exhilaration, I was nonetheless keenly disappointed
to leave the Department of State. With deep appreciation and warm regard,
sincerely". Elliot Richardson (1920-1999), formerly Lieutenant
Governor and Attorney General of Massachusetts, was Nixon's
Secretary of Health, Education and Welfare from June 24, 1970 until February
2, 1973, when he was named Secretary of Defense. He served until May 25,
1973, when he was sworn in as Attorney General. On October 20, 1973,
President Nixon ordered Attorney General Richardson to dismiss Special
Watergate Prosecutor Archibald Cox, who had rejected Nixon's compromise to
supply summaries of the "Watergate tapes". Richardson resigned rather
than enforce President Nixon's order. President Ford appointed Richardson
Secretary of Commerce. He served in this, his record fourth Cabinet
post from February 2, 1976 to January 20, 1977. Mailing fold through center.
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ELLIOT L. RICHARDSON
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