Dan A. Kimball

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Dan A. Kimball

Dan Able Kimball (born March 1, 1896 in St. Louis , Missouri , † July 30, 1970 ) was an American businessman and politician , who served as Secretary of State for the United States from 1951 to 1953 .


During World War I , Dan Kimball served as a pilot in the Army Air Service , a forerunner of the US Air Force . Even after he left the military, he remained interested in aviation. From 1920 he was employed by the General Tire and Rubber Company , where he rose continuously within the company and made it to Vice President in 1942. He was then a member of the management of Aerojet Engineering Company , a subcontractor of General Tire that manufactured rocket motors.

Kimball entered government service in February 1949 when he assumed the post of Undersecretary of State in the Naval Office of the Department of Defense . In May of the same year he became deputy head of the agency before he took over the office of Secretary of the Navy from the resigned Francis P. Matthews in July 1951 . He held this post until Harry S. Truman's presidency ended in January 1953. His tenure was marked by the continuation of the Korean War , the expansion of defense efforts at the federal level and technological advances in the marine sector.

After leaving the government, Kimball returned to the private sector. He was Chairman of the Board of Aerojet General Corporation until 1969 and died the following year.

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