On this date in 1973, at the direction of President Nixon, Elliot L. Richardson (1920-99) left his post as the 9th Secretary of Health to become the 11th Secretary of Defense. Less than four months later, he was again changing jobs, becoming the 69th Attorney General. And once again, he was a short-time Cabinet Secretary, resigning in October 1973. Just over two years later, President Ford made Richardson unique in US history, appointing him to head a fourth Cabinet Department. Richardson was the 23rd Secretary of Commerce for just under one year, leaving office with Ford.
Happy 76th birthday, 46th Vice President Dick Cheney (2001-09).
On this date in 1882, Franklin Delano Roosevelt was born in Hyde Park, New York. In March 1905, Franklin married his fifth cousin once removed, (Anna) Eleanor Roosevelt. The President of the United States, Eleanor's uncle Theodore Roosevelt, gave the bride away at the wedding. In 1910, Franklin was elected to the New York State Senate. He was re-elected in 1912, but resigned two months into his second term to become the Assistant Secretary of the Navy, one of five Roosevelts to hold that job. In July 1920, he resigned the sub-Cabinet post to run for Vice President on James M. Cox's Democratic ticket. They lost that election. In August 1921, Roosevelt was diagnosed with polio (although current thinking says it was actually Guillain-Barré syndrome). In 1928, and then again in 1930, Roosevelt was elected Governor of New York. In 1932, running against the Great Depression (and incumbent Herbert Hoover), Roosevelt was elected the 32nd President in a landslide. He was re-elected in 1936, and then broke with tradition in 1940 by running for (and winning) a third term. He won his fourth and final term in 1944, but died a few months into his thirteenth year as President, in April 1945.