Dan A. Kimball

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Dan Kimball
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United States Secretary of the Navy
In office
July 31, 1951 January 20, 1953
President Harry S. Truman
Preceded by Francis P. Matthews
Succeeded by Robert B. Anderson
Personal details
BornDan Able Kimball
(1896-03-01)March 1, 1896
St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.
Died July 30, 1970(1970-07-30) (aged 74)
Washington, D.C., U.S.
Political party Democratic

Dan Able Kimball (March 1, 1896 July 30, 1970) was the 50th U.S. Secretary of the Navy.

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Biography

Kimball was born in St. Louis, Missouri, on March 1, 1896. He was an Army Air Service pilot during the First World War and maintained an intense interest in aviation thereafter. Beginning in 1920, he was employed by the General Tire and Rubber Company, rising to Vice President of that firm in 1942. He subsequently was an executive of the rocket engine producer Aerojet Engineering Company, a division of General Tire. He was appointed Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Air in February 1949 and became Under Secretary of the Navy the following May.

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Kimball assumed the post of Secretary of the Navy in July 1951 and held that position until the end of the Truman Administration in January 1953. His tenure was marked by the continuation of the Korean War, the resulting expansion of the Nation's defense establishment and considerable technological progress in aviation, naval engineering and other defense-related fields. Returning to business after leaving office, he was President and later Chairman of the Board of the Aerojet General Corporation until 1969. He died on 30 July 1970. [1]

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References

  1. 'Dan A. Kimball Is Dead At 74; Navy Secretary Under Truman,' New York Times, July 31, 1970

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Government offices
Preceded by
John N. Brown
Assistant Secretary of the Navy (AIR)
March 9, 1949 May 24, 1949
Succeeded by
John F. Floberg
Preceded by
W. John Kenney
Under Secretary of the Navy
May 25, 1949 July 31, 1951
Succeeded by
Francis P. Whitehair
Preceded by
Francis P. Matthews
United States Secretary of the Navy
July 31, 1951 January 20, 1953
Succeeded by
Robert B. Anderson