Donald Henry Rumsfeld was born on July 9, 1932, in Chicago, Illinois, the son of Jeannette Kearsley (née Husted) and George Donald Rumsfeld. His father came from a German family that had emigrated in the 1870s from Weyhe in Lower Saxony,: 15–16 but young Donald was sometimes ribbed about looking like a "tough German".
Donald H. Rumsfeld served as the 21st Secretary of Defense from January 2001 to December 2006. Before assuming this post, the former Navy pilot had also served as the 13th Secretary of Defense, White
Donald Rumsfeld, U.S. government official who served as secretary of defense (1975–77; 2001–06) in the Republican administrations of Presidents Gerald Ford and George W. Bush. Learn more about Rumsfeld’s life and public service career in this article.
Donald Rumsfeld, Writer: 4. Donald Rumsfeld was born on July 9, 1932 in Chicago, Illinois, USA as Donald Henry Rumsfeld. He is a writer, known for 4 (2009), America's Newest Sweethearts (2021) and The Unknown Known (2013). He has been married to Joyce Pierson since December 27, 1954. They have three children.
- There are known knowns; there are things we know we know. We also know there are known unknowns; that is to say we know there are some things we do not know.
- [on Osama bin Laden] He is either alive and well or alive and not too well or not alive. Donald Rumsfeld. Alive, Osama Bin Laden, Bin Laden.
- Don't necessarily avoid sharp edges. Occasionally they are necessary to leadership. Donald Rumsfeld. Leadership, Rough Edges, Vision.
- When business accepts help from the government, it can be like going to bed with a hippopotamus. It's nice and warm for the moment, but then your bedmate rolls over and crushes you.
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- Early Life
- Career in Government
- Return to The Private Sector
- Return to Government
- Retirement and Later Life
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Donald Henry Rumsfeld was born on July 9, 1932, in Evanston, Illinois, to George Donald Rumsfeld and Jeannette (née Husted). His father came from a German American family that had emigrated in the 1870s, but young Donald was sometimes ribbed about looking like a "tough Swiss". Growing up in Winnetka, Illinois, Rumsfeld became an Eagle Scout in 1949 and is the recipient of both the Distinguished Eagle Scout Award from the Boy Scouts of America and its Silver Buffalo Award in 2006. From 1943–1945, Rumsfeld lived in Coronado, California while his father was stationed on an aircraft carrier in the Pacific in World War II. He was a camp counselor at the Northeast Illinois Council's Camp Ma-Ka-Ja-Wan in the late 1940s and a ranger at Philmont Scout Ranchin 1949. Rumsfeld attended Baker Demonstration School, a private middle school, and later graduated from New Trier High School. He attended Princeton University on academic and NROTC partial scholarships (A.B., 1954). During his time at Pr...
Member of Congress
In 1957, during the Dwight D. Eisenhower administration, Rumsfeld served as Administrative Assistant to David S. Dennison, Jr., a Congressman representing the 11th district of Ohio. In 1959, he moved on to become a staff assistant to Congressman Robert P. Griffin of Michigan. Engaging in a two-year stint with an investment banking firm, A. G. Becker, from 1960 to 1962,Rumsfeld would instead set his sights on becoming a member of Congress. He was elected to the United States House of Represent...
Rumsfeld resigned from Congress in 1969 — his fourth term — to serve President Richard Nixon in his administration, and he would serve in a variety of executive branch positions throughout the Nixon presidency. In 1969, Nixon sought to reform and reorganize the United States Office of Economic Opportunity, an organization created during the Kennedy administration and greatly expanded as a part of Lyndon Johnson's Great Society programs, rather than eliminate it outright. He appointed Rumsfeld...
In August 1974, Rumsfeld was called back to Washington to serve as transition chairman for the new president, Gerald R. Ford. He had been Ford's confidant since their days in the House when Ford was House minority leader. As the new president became settled in, Ford appointed Rumsfeld White House Chief of Staff, where he served from 1974 to 1975. In that position, joined by Cheney and Antonin Scalia, he counseled Ford's unsuccessful veto of an expansion of the Freedom of Information Act. In O...
In early 1977 Rumsfeld briefly lectured at Princeton's Woodrow Wilson School and Northwestern's Kellogg School of Management, located in Chicago, Illinois near his home town of Evanston. His sights instead turned to business, and from 1977 to 1985 Rumsfeld served as Chief Executive Officer, President, and then Chairman of G. D. Searle & Company, a worldwide pharmaceutical company based in Skokie, Illinois. During his tenure at Searle, Rumsfeld led the company's financial turnaround, thereby e...
Part-time public service
During his business career, Rumsfeld continued part-time public service in various posts. In November 1983, Rumsfeld was appointed Special Envoy to the Middle East by President Ronald Reagan, at a turbulent time in modern Middle Eastern history when Iraq was fighting Iran in the Iran–Iraq War. The United States wished for the conflict to end, and Rumsfeld was sent to the Middle East to serve as a mediator on behalf of the President. When Rumsfeld visited Baghdad on December 20, 1983, he met S...
Presidential and vice presidential aspirations
During 1976 Republican National Convention, Rumsfeld received one vote for Vice President of the United States, although he did not seek the office, and the nomination was easily won by Ford's choice, Senator Bob Dole. During the 1980 Republican National Convention he also received one vote for Vice President. Economist Milton Friedmanlater noted that he, Friedman, regarded Reagan's pick of Bush as "the worst decision not only of his campaign but of his presidency," and that Rumsfeld was inst...
Rumsfeld was named Secretary of Defense soon after President George W. Bush took office in 2001 despite Rumsfeld's past rivalry with the previous President Bush. Bush's first choice, FedEx founder Fred Smith, was unavailable and Vice President-elect Cheney recommended Rumsfeld for the job. Rumsfeld's second tenure as Secretary of Defense cemented him as the most powerful Pentagon chief since Robert McNamara and one of the most influential Cabinet members in the Bush administration. His tenure would prove to be a pivotal and rocky one which led the United States military into the 21st century. Following the September 11, 2001 attacks, Rumsfeld led the military planning and execution of the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan and the subsequent 2003 invasion of Iraq. He pushed hard to send as small a force as possible to both conflicts, a concept codified as the Rumsfeld Doctrine. Throughout his time as Defense Secretary, Rumsfeld was noted for his candor and quick wit when giving weekly pre...
In the months after his resignation, Rumsfeld toured the New York publishing houses in preparation for a potential memoir. After receiving what one industry source labeled "big bids", he reached an agreement with the Penguin Group to publish the book under its Sentinel HCimprint. In 2007, Rumsfeld established The Rumsfeld Foundation, an educational foundation that provides fellowships to talented individuals from the private sector who want to serve for some time in government. Rumsfeld personally financed the foundation. The foundation has granted over 50 fellowships to graduate students from Central Asia, provided over $2.1 million in microfinancegrants, and donated over $200,000 to charities for veterans affairs. In September 2007, Rumsfeld received a one-year appointment as a Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University, joining (among others) retired army General John P. Abizaid, former commander of U.S. Central Command, and fellow conservative...
During the four elections during which he ran to represent Illinois's 13th congressional district, Rumsfeld received shares of the popular vote that ranged from 57.82% (in 1964) to 76.01% (in 1966). In 1975 and 2001, Rumsfeld was overwhelmingly confirmed by the U.S. Senateafter Presidents Gerald Ford and George W. Bush, respectively, appointed him as U.S. Secretary of Defense.
Rumsfeld has been awarded 11 honorary degrees. Following his years as CEO, president, and later chairman of G. D. Searle & Company, he was recognized as Outstanding CEO in the pharmaceutical industry by the Wall Street Transcript (1980) and Financial World (1981). His other awards include: 1. The Presidential Medal of Freedom(with Distinction) by President Ford (1977) 2. Royal Order of the Intare by King Kigeli V of Rwanda 3. George C. Marshall Medal by the Association of the U.S. Army(1984) 4. Woodrow WilsonMedal by Princeton University (1985) 5. Dwight D. EisenhowerMedal (1993) 6. Lone Sailor Award by the U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation (2002) 7. Statesmanship Award by the U.S. Assoc of Former Members of Congress (2003) 8. James H. Doolittle Award by the Hudson Institute(2003) 9. Gerald R. Ford Medal presented by President Ford and the Ford Foundation (2004) 10. Distinguished Eagle Scout Award by the Boy Scouts of America 11. Grand Cross of the Orde...
1. Center for Security Policy: Longtime associate; winner of the CSP's 1998 "Keeper of the Flame" award (5) 2. Hoover Institution: Member, board of trustees 3. Project for the New American Century: Signed PNAC's founding statement of principles as well as two policy letters on Iraq 4. Freedom House: Board member 5. RAND Corporation: Board member 6. Committee for the Free World: Former chairman 7. Bohemian Club: Member
Government posts, panels, and commissions
1. Secretary of Defense (2001–06) 2. U.S. Commission to Assess National Security Space Management and Organization: Chairman (2000) 3. U.S. Ballistic Missile Threat Commission: Chairman (1998) 4. Secretary of Defense (1975–77) 5. White House Chief of Staff in Ford administration (1974–75) 6. U.S. Ambassador to NATO(1973–74) 7. U.S. Congress: Representative from Illinois (1962–69) 8. United States Navy: Various posts, including aviator (1954–57); reserves (1957–1975) Retired as a Navy Captain...
Corporate connections and business interests
1. Eastern Air Lines: Former director – The annual reports of Eastern Air Lines discloses that Donald Rumsfeld was a member of Eastern Air Lines Board of Directors. 2. Gilead Sciences: joined Gilead as a director in 1988 Chairman (1997–2001) 3. General Instrument Corporation: Chairman and CEO (1990–93) 4. G.D. Searle pharmaceutical company: CEO/Chairman/President (1977–1985) 5. Bechtel Corporation: Was involved in Iraq-Bechtel negotiationsin the 1980s on a pipeline project 6. Gulfstream Aeros...Agathidium rumsfeldi— the naming of a beetle in homage to Rumsfeld'Known knowns'– quotationKnown and Unknown: A Memoir, Rumsfeld's memoir of his lifeRumsfeld, Donald (2011). Known and Unknown: A Memoir. Sentinel. ISBN 978-1-59523-067-6.Rumsfeld, Donald (1988). Strategic imperatives in East Asia. Heritage lectures, no. 605. Washington, D.C.: Heritage Foundation.Speech given Mar 3, 1998 in Washington, D.C.
May 25, 2011 · Yes, that Donald Rumsfeld, the "knowns and unknowns" guy who remarkably executed some of the worst decisions in American foreign policy and got a medal for it. I have been reading up on this strange chapter in the history of Donald Rumsfeld and have learned two things.
- Robbie Gennet
Sep 11, 2019 · On the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld was at the Pentagon, sitting at a round wooden table that once belonged to Union Army General William Tecumseh Sherman.