James D. Hodgson (1970–1973) - Secretary of Labor [cite this] ↑Richard Nixon Home Page James Hodgson was born December 3, 1915, in Dawson, Minnesota, and served in the U.S. Navy in WWII. Hodgson spent his career in industrial relations, culminating in his appointment as vice president of industrial relations for Lockheed Corporation. Appointed by President Nixon to the cabinet, he served as secretary of labor from 1970 to 1972 and as U.S. ambassador to Japan from 1974 to 1977. Richard Nixon Essays Life in Brief Life Before the Presidency Campaigns and Elections Domestic Affairs Foreign Affairs Life After the Presidency Family Life Impact and Legacy [ print all essays ] Richard Nixon Home Citation Information Consulting Editor Ken Hughes Mr. Hughes coordinates the team of scholars reviewing and transcribing President Richard M. Nixon’s White House tapes, as part of the Presidential Recordings Project at the Miller Center of Public Affairs at the University of Virginia. American President has changed! Click here to take a short survey and tell us what you think!