Martin Patrick Durkin
|Martin P. Durkin|
|The official portrait of Martin P. Durkin hangs in the Department of Labor|
|7th United States Secretary of Labor|
January 21, 1953 – September 10, 1953
|President||Dwight D. Eisenhower|
|Preceded by||Maurice J. Tobin|
|Succeeded by||James P. Mitchell|
|Born||March 18, 1894
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
|Died||November 13, 1955 (aged 61)
Washington, D.C., U.S.
|Resting place||St. Mary Catholic Cemetery and Mausoleum in Evergreen Park, Illinois, U.S.|
|Spouse(s)||Anna H. McNicholas
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.
Durkin was born in Chicago, Illinois, on March 18, 1894. At the age of 17, he became involved in the plumbers' and pipe fitters' union. In 1921, Durkin married Anna H. McNicholas, and they we're had three sons.
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, and worked closely with the President Franklin D. Roosevelt's Secretary of Labor, Frances Perkins.
Durkin was to served the Secretary of Labor, during the Eisenhower administration. 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.
Maurice J. Tobin
|U.S. Secretary of Labor
Served under: Dwight D. Eisenhower
James P. Mitchell
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