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W. Michael Blumenthal (1977–1979) - Secretary of the Treasury

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Werner Michael Blumenthal was born in Berlin, Germany, on January 3, 1926. His family fled Nazi Germany in 1939 and moved to the United States in 1947. Blumenthal received a B.S. in economics from the University of California at Berkeley in 1951, and then went on to earn an M.P.A. in public affairs, an M.A. in economics, and a Ph.

D. in economics from Princeton University. He taught economics at Princeton from 1954 to 1957.

Leaving academia, Blumenthal worked as vice president and director of the Crown Cork International Corporation (1957-1961) and then served President John F. Kennedy as deputy assistant secretary of state for economic affairs (1961-1963). He then became deputy special representative for trade negotiations (1963-1967), following which he went to work for Bendix, becoming its president, chairman, and chief executive officer.

In 1977, Blumenthal became secretary of the treasury under President Jimmy Carter, serving in that capacity until August 4, 1979.

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Consulting Editor

Robert A. Strong

Professor Strong is the William Lyne Wilson Professor of Politics at Washington and Lee University. He is also an associate editor of the White House Studies journal and has worked on the Presidential Oral History program at the Miller Center. His writings include:

Working in the World: Jimmy Carter and the Making of American Foreign Policy (Louisiana State University Press, 2000)

Decisions and Dilemmas: Case Studies in Presidential Foreign Policy Making (M.E. Sharpe, 2005)