Frederick B. Dent

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Frederick B. Dent
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5th United States Trade Representative
In office
March 26, 1975 – January 20, 1977
President Gerald R. Ford
Preceded by William D. Eberle
Succeeded by Robert S. Strauss
21st United States Secretary of Commerce
In office
February 2, 1973 – March 26, 1975
President Richard M. Nixon
Gerald R. Ford
Preceded by Peter G. Peterson
Succeeded by Rogers C. B. Morton
Personal details
Born (1922-08-17) August 17, 1922 (age 91)
Cape May, New Jersey, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Mildred Harrison Dent
Children Frederick Baily "Rick" Dent, Jr.
Mildred Dent Hutchinson
Diana Dent Gwynn
Pauline Harrison "Polly" Dent
Magruder Harrison "Mark" Dent
Parents Magruder Dent
Edith Baily Dent
Alma mater Yale University
Profession Politician
Religion Episcopalian
Military service
Service/branch United States Navy
Years of service 1943-1946
Rank Lieutenant Junior Grade
Battles/wars World War II

Frederick Baily Dent (born August 17, 1922) is a former American politician who served as the United States Secretary of Commerce from February 2, 1973, to March 26, 1975, during the administrations of U.S. Presidents Richard M. Nixon and Gerald R. Ford, Jr.[1]His assistant secretary, Hastings Wyman, a native of Aiken, South Carolina, became a political consultant and in 1978 the publisher of The Southern Political Report.[2]

Dent served as the United States Trade Representative from March 26, 1975 until January 20, 1977, during the remainder of President Ford's administration.

Early life and career[edit]

Dent was born on August 17, 1922 in Cape May, New Jersey, to Edith (née Baily), and Magruder Dent. He was raised in Greenwich, Connecticut. He attended Yale University to study law and served in the United States Navy from 1943 until 1946.

In the Navy, Dent was the Lieutenant Junior Grade, where he captained the USS PC 1547 and the USS PCEC 873. From 1958 until 1972 and 1977 until 1988, Dent was the president of Mayfair Mills in Arcadia, South Carolina.

Frederick Dent at the TV Screen

He was appointed by Secretary of Commerce by President Richard Nixon, for serving from February 2, 1973 to March 26, 1975, and was the President Gerald Ford's Trade Representative, from March 26, 1975 to January 20, 1977.

He was inducted into the South Carolina Business Hall of Fame in 1994.

Personal life[edit]

On March 11, 1944, Dent married Mildred "Millie" Carrington Harrison. They had five children, Frederick Baily "Rick", Jr., Mildred Dent Hutchinson, Diana Dent Gwynn, Pauline Harrison "Polly" Dent and Magruder Harrison "Mark" Dent. He resides in Spartanburg, South Carolina.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Frederick Baily Dent, 1922 - twenty-first Secretary of Commerce.". NOAA Photo Library. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Retrieved 19 May 2012. 
  2. ^ "Hastings Wyman". library.sc.edu. Retrieved May 4, 2014. 
Political offices
Preceded by
Peter G. Peterson
United States Secretary of Commerce
February 2, 1973– March 26, 1975
Succeeded by
Rogers C. B. Morton
Preceded by
William D. Eberle
United States Trade Representative
March 26, 1975 – January 20, 1977
Succeeded by
Robert S. Strauss