Martin Patrick Durkin
Martin Patrick Durkin (March 18, 1894 – November 13, 1955) was a U.S. administrator. He served as Secretary of Labor from January 21, 1953 to September 10, 1953, where he was the "plumber" of President Dwight Eisenhower's "Nine Millionaires and a Plumber" cabinet. A Democrat among Republicans, he unsuccessfully pushed for revisions in the Taft-Hartley Act. This led to his resignation after less than eight months in office, the shortest tenure of any Secretary of Labor.
He was born in Chicago, Illinois, and at the age of 17 became involved in the plumbers' and pipe fitters' union. He eventually became president of that union, and then served as Director of Labor for the State of Illinois from 1933 to 1941, during which time he worked closely with President Roosevelt's Secretary of Labor, Frances Perkins.
See also 
Maurice J. Tobin
|U.S. Secretary of Labor
Served under: Dwight D. Eisenhower
James P. Mitchell
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