Elliot Lee Richardson was born in Boston, Massachusetts, on July 20, 1920. He graduated from Harvard University with an A.B. cum laude (1941) and an LL.B. cum laude (1947). In the Boston law firm Ropes and Gray, Richardson served as both an associate and a partner. He served as Massachusetts’ lieutenant governor from 1965 to 1967 and its attorney general from 1967 to 1969. He was appointed secretary of health, education, and welfare by President Richard Nixon in 1970. From January to May 1973, Richardson worked for the Nixon administration as the secretary of defense and the attorney general (May to October 1973). In his final position, President Nixon fired Richardson for refusing to oust Watergate Independent Counsel Archibald Cox from his position in what became known as the “Saturday night massacre.” Richardson was eagerly sought after by the Ford administration as a significant representative of Republican sincerity and moderation. In 1975, President Ford appointed him ambassador to Great Britain. From 1976 to 1977, he served as secretary of commerce. From 1977 to 1980, he was a special representative for the Law of the Sea Conference during the presidency of Jimmy Carter. After serving in the government, Richardson became a partner at Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy. 1999 saw his passing.
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