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American Elliot RICHARDSON

born Elliot Lee RICHARDSON

American lawyer and politician who was a member of the cabinet of Presidents Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford

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Born: on July 20, 1920 in Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Died: on December 31, 1999 in Boston, Massachusetts, USA


Richardson was born in Boston, Massachusetts, the son of Clara Lee (née Shattuck) and Edward Peirson Richardson, a doctor and professor at Harvard Medical School. He was a Boston Brahmin, descended from the earliest Puritan settlers in New England. Richardson attended the Park School in Brookline, Massachusetts, and then obtained his undergraduate degree from Harvard University, where he resided in Winthrop House, graduated cum laude in 1941, and was an editor of the Harvard Lampoon.

In 1942, following America's entry into World War II, Richardson entered the combat medical corps in the U.S. 4th Infantry Division. He participated in the June 6, 1944, Normandy Invasion as a platoon leader, where he crossed a minefield to rescue a fellow officer whose foot was blown off.

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