Alexander Trowbridge

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Sandy Trowbridge
17th United States Secretary of Commerce
In office
June 14, 1967 – March 1, 1968
Acting: January 31, 1967 – June 14, 1967
PresidentLyndon B. Johnson
Preceded byJohn T. Connor
Succeeded byC. R. Smith
Personal details
Born(1929-12-12)December 12, 1929
Englewood, New Jersey, U.S.
DiedApril 27, 2006(2006-04-27) (aged 76)
Washington, D.C., U.S.
Resting placeArlington National Cemetery
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Nancey Horst (Divorced)
Ellie Hutzler
Children3, 2 stepchildren
EducationPrinceton University (A.B.)

Alexander Buel (Sandy) Trowbridge III (December 12, 1929 – April 27, 2006) was an American politician and businessman. He was the United States Secretary of Commerce from June 14, 1967, to March 1, 1968, in the administration of President Lyndon B. Johnson.


Trowbridge was born on December 12, 1929, at 01:05 pm in Englewood, New Jersey. He was the son of American University Professor of Russian History Alexander Buel Trowbridge Jr., and the grandson of Alexander Buel Trowbridge, the former dean of the Cornell University College of the Architecture (1897–1902).[citation needed] His grandmother Gertrude Mary Sherman was the great-great-granddaughter of American founding father Roger Sherman.[citation needed] His mother, the former Julie Chamberlain, who was the executive director of the Woodrow Wilson Foundation from 1942 to 1961.[1] Trowbridge's parents divorced, and he was raised by his mother.[2]

As a young man, Trowbridge attended Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts, in 1947, before graduating with an A.B. from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University in 1951 after completing a senior thesis titled "The Spanish Loan. A Case Study of Executive-Congressional Relations in the Formulation and Control of American Foreign Policy."[3][4] After World War II, he worked with various reconstruction efforts. After working with the International Intern Program of the United Nations in Lake Success, New York, he served in the Korean War in the Marine Corps.

Between 1954 and 1965, he was an oil businessman. In 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson appointed him to serve as the Assistant Secretary of Commerce. On January 19, 1967, he became acting Secretary of Commerce, and in June of that year he became U.S. Secretary of Commerce, a position he served in until March 1, 1968. He resigned to return to business, serving first as the President of the American Management Association, in May 1968,[5] before the joining Allied Chemical as a Vice-Chairman of the Morristown, NJ-based parent company and the Chairman of their Canadian subsidiary, Allied Chemical Canada Ltd. of Pointe-Claire (QC).

He later served as head of the National Association of Manufacturers from 1980 until 1989. In the early 1990s, he served as a member of the Competitiveness Policy Council.

As Secretary of Commerce, he proposed to re-merge of the Department of Commerce and the Department of Labor.

Trowbridge died in Washington, D.C., on April 27, 2006, at the age of 76, after suffering from Lewy body dementia. He is buried at the Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia.


  1. ^ "Julie C. Herzog, Headed the Wilson Foundation." New York Times. May 15, 1980.
  2. ^ Trowbridge's step-great-grandfather was also a Secretary of Commerce. Julie Chamberlain married Paul M. Herzog, the former Chairman of the United States National Labor Relations Board, in 1959. Herzog's first wife was the former Madeleine Schafer—the granddaughter of Oscar S. Straus, the former Secretary of Commerce and Labor under President Theodore Roosevelt and the first Jewish Cabinet Secretary in 1929. See: "Paul M. Herzog, Dean at Harvard." New York Times. November 25, 1986; "Madeleine Schafer Engaged to Marry." New York Times. January 29, 1929.
  3. ^ Trowbridge, I. I. I. (1951). "The Spanish Loan. A Case Study of Executive-Congressional Relations in the Formulation and Control of American Foreign Policy". {{cite journal}}: Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  4. ^ Saxon, Wolfgang. "Alexander Trowbridge, 76, Ex-Secretary of Commerce, Dies", The New York Times, April 28, 2006.
  5. ^ Robert Sobel (ed.). Biographical Directory of the United States Executive Branch, 1774–1989. 1990. p. 357

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Political offices
Preceded by U.S. Secretary of Commerce
Served under: Lyndon B. Johnson

June 14, 1967 – March 1, 1968
Succeeded by