Anna M. Rosenberg

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Anna M. Rosenberg
Born Anna Marie Lederer
June 19, 1902
Died May 9, 1983
Occupation Assistant Secretary of Defense
Spouse(s) Paul G. Hoffman

Anna Marie Rosenberg (née Lederer) (June 19, 1902 – May 9, 1983), later Anna Rosenberg Hoffman, was a public official and businesswoman.

Born in Budapest, Anna Lederer immigrated with her family to the US in 1912. In 1919 she married Julius Rosenberg, a Jewish American member of the upper class (not to be confused with nuclear spy Julius Rosenberg). During World War II, she served in numerous government positions including regional director of the War Manpower Commission from 1942 to 1945. She ran a consulting business, with customers that included large businesses and public figures. She was awarded the Medal of Freedom in 1945, and was a recipient of the Medal for Merit in 1947, along with two other women, Mary Shotwell Ingraham and Elmira Bears Wickenden.[1] In late 1950, she was nominated for assistant Secretary of Defense. Joseph McCarthy and his staff launched an all-out campaign to oppose her nomination, but she was recommended by the Senate Armed Services Committee. In spite of all opposition, in November 1950 she was named assistant Secretary of Defense, a post she held until January 1953.

In 1962 the Rosenbergs divorced and she married Paul G. Hoffman, the first administrator of the Marshall Plan and a top United Nations official.


  1. ^ New York Times, 18 September 1947
  • McHenry, Robert (ed.), Famous American Women: A Biographical Dictionary from Colonial Times to the Present, Dover Publications.

Further reading[edit]

  • United States. Congress. Senate. Committee on Armed Services, Nomination of Anna M. Rosenberg to be Assistant Secretary of Defense. U.S. Govt. Print. Off., 1950. 381 pages

External links[edit]

Anna M. Rosenberg's FBI files obtained through the FOIA and hosted at the Internet Archive