Frederick H. Mueller

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Frederick Mueller
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14th United States Secretary of Commerce
In office
June 30, 1959 – January 19, 1961
Acting: June 30, 1959 – August 10, 1959
PresidentDwight D. Eisenhower
Preceded byLewis Strauss
Succeeded byLuther H. Hodges
Personal details
Born(1893-11-22)November 22, 1893
Grand Rapids, Michigan, U.S.
DiedAugust 31, 1976(1976-08-31) (aged 82)
Grand Rapids, Michigan, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
SpouseMary Darrah
EducationMichigan State University (BS)

Frederick Henry Mueller (November 22, 1893 – August 31, 1976) was a U.S. cabinet officer. He served as the United States Secretary of Commerce from 1959 until 1961, during the administration of President Dwight D. Eisenhower.[1]

Early life[edit]

Mueller was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan, the son of Emma Matilde Oesterle and furniture manufacturer John Frederick Mueller.


He graduated from Michigan State University in 1914, with a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering.


Upon his father's retirement, he became president of the family business.

Prior to joining the Eisenhower administration, Mueller served in multiple posts at the Department of Commerce. In 1956, Mueller was charged with the heading of the Division of Domestic Affairs, and in 1958, he was elevated to deputy secretary, the number two position in the bureau.

Personal life[edit]

He married the former Mary Darrah on November 6, 1915; they had two children, Marcia Joan and Frederick Eugene Mueller.


Mueller died in Grand Rapids, Michigan, on August 31, 1976, at age 82. He is interred in Graceland Mausoleum in Grand Rapids.


  1. ^ "Index to Politicians". The Political Graveyard. Retrieved 8 June 2010.

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Political offices
Preceded by U.S. Secretary of Commerce
Served under: Dwight D. Eisenhower

August 10, 1959 – January 19, 1961
Succeeded by