William B. Franke

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William Franke
United States Secretary of the Navy
In office
June 8, 1959 January 19, 1961
President Dwight D. Eisenhower
Preceded by Thomas S. Gates Jr.
Succeeded by John Connally
Personal details
Born(1894-04-15)April 15, 1894
Troy, New York, U.S.
Died June 30, 1979(1979-06-30) (aged 85)
Rutland, Vermont, U.S.
Education Pace University (BS)

William Birrell Franke (April 15, 1894 June 30, 1979) [1] was United States Secretary of the Navy from 1959 to 1961 under Dwight D. Eisenhower. Franke was born in Troy, New York and attended Pace College.

Franke was instrumental in developing and implementing new, modern technology for the United States Navy, including the use of nuclear-powered warships. He served as Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Financial Management and Comptroller) from 1954 to 1957.

He was awarded the Department of Defense's Distinguished Service Award and the Medal of Freedom for his work. He died in Vermont after complications from gall bladder surgery.

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Government offices
Preceded by
New Office
Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Financial Management and Comptroller)
October 4, 1954 April 16, 1957
Succeeded by
J. Sinclair Armstrong
Preceded by
Thomas S. Gates, Jr.
Under Secretary of the Navy
April 17, 1957 June 7, 1959
Succeeded by
Fred A. Bantz
Preceded by
Thomas S. Gates, Jr.
United States Secretary of the Navy
June 8, 1959 January 19, 1961
Succeeded by
John B. Connally, Jr