Carl J. Gilbert

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Carl Gilbert
United States Trade Representative
In office
August 6, 1969 – September 21, 1971
President Richard Nixon
Preceded by William Roth
Succeeded by William Eberle
Personal details
Born (1906-04-03)April 3, 1906
Bloomfield, New Jersey, U.S.
Died November 13, 1983(1983-11-13) (aged 77)
Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
Political party Republican
Alma mater Stanford University
Harvard University

Carl Joyce Gilbert (born 1906, Bloomfield, New Jersey, died November 13, 1983, Boston, Massachusetts) was the United States Trade Representative from 1969-71. Gilbert had previously been president and chairman of the board of the Gillette Safety Razor Co. He had "joined Gillette as treasurer in 1948 and served as vice president and president before also becoming board chairman",[1] and lead Gillette "from a domestic operation to one with worldwide branches -- making the name Gillette synonymous in many areas with razors".[1] In 1961, he headed the Committee for a National Trade Policy, opposing import quotas and other barriers to the free exchange of goods, and "led efforts to liberalize reciprocal trade agreements".[2]

After his nomination to the Trade Representative post by President Richard Nixon in 1969, the Senate, concerned by Gilbert's earlier stance on trade, deliberated for two months before confirming his appointment.[3]

At the time of his death, Gilbert was president of the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities in Massachusetts.[1]


  1. ^ a b c United Press International (November 14, 1983), Domestic News.
  2. ^ "Deaths Elsewhere", The Washington Post (November 16, 1983), Metro, C12.
  3. ^ "GILBERT, Carl Joyce" [obituary], Facts on File World News Digest (December 9, 1983), p. 940 E2.
Political offices
Preceded by
William Roth
United States Trade Representative
Succeeded by
William Eberle