James Day Hodgson

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James Day Hodgson
United States Ambassador to Japan
In office
July 19, 1974 – February 2, 1977
President Gerald Ford
Preceded by Robert Ingersoll
Succeeded by Mike Mansfield
12th United States Secretary of Labor
In office
July 2, 1970 – February 1, 1973
President Richard Nixon
Preceded by George Shultz
Succeeded by Peter Brennan
Personal details
Born (1915-12-03)December 3, 1915
Dawson, Minnesota, U.S.
Died November 28, 2012(2012-11-28) (aged 96)
Malibu, California, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Maria Denend (1943–2012)
Children Frederick Jesse
Nancy Ruth
Alma mater University of Minnesota
University of California, Los Angeles
Religion Presbyterianism

James Day Hodgson (December 3, 1915 – November 28, 2012) was an American politician. He served as the Secretary of Labor and the Ambassador to Japan.[1]

Life and career[edit]

Hodgson was born in Dawson, Minnesota, the son of Fred Arthur Hodgson, a lumberyard owner, and his wife, Casaraha M. (née Day). He graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1938 where he was a member of Phi Sigma Kappa fraternity,[2] and completed his graduate studies at the University of California at Los Angeles.[3] He married the former Maria Denend on August 24, 1943. They had two children, Nancy Ruth Hodgson, and Frederick Jesse Hodgson.

During World War II, Hodgson served as an officer in the United States Navy.[4] He worked for Lockheed Martin for 25 years. From 1970 to 1973, Hodgson served as Richard Nixon's Secretary of Labor, and from 1974 to 1977, he served as the U.S. Ambassador to Japan under Gerald Ford.[5]

Beginning in 1977, Hodgson served as the Chairman of the Board of the Uranium Mining Company. Hodgson served as an adjunct professor at University of California, Los Angeles and was visiting scholar from the American Enterprise Institute.[6]

Following the death of former Labor Secretary W. Willard Wirtz on April 24, 2010, Hodgson became the oldest living former Cabinet member. He died on November 28, 2012, in Malibu, California, and is interred at the Forest Lawn Memorial Park, in Los Angeles, California.[1]


  • "American Senryu", The Japan Times, 1992 (a collection of senryū, short humorous poems similar to haiku)
  • "Doing Business with the New Japan", 2000 (written with Yoshihiro Sano and John L. Graham)


  1. ^ a b Adkisson, Knowles (1915-12-03). "Hodgson, former Secretary of Labor, dies at Malibu home - Malibu Times: News: james hodgson, nixon, osha, hilda solis, lockheed". Malibu Times. Retrieved 2012-12-11. 
  2. ^ Phi Sigma Kappa, ed. (1992). Hills and a Star (10 ed.). Indianapolis, Indiana: Phi Sigma Kappa Fraternity. pp. 74–76. 
  3. ^ "James D. Hodgson". NNDB. Retrieved October 8, 2012. 
  4. ^ "Hodgson, James Day (b. 1915)". The Political Graveyard. Retrieved October 8, 2012. 
  5. ^ "James Day Hodgson (1915-)". US Department of State. Retrieved October 8, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Finding Aid of the James D. Hodgson Papers". Online Archives of California. Retrieved October 8, 2012. 

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Political offices
Preceded by
George Shultz
United States Secretary of Labor
Succeeded by
Peter Brennan
Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Robert Ingersoll
United States Ambassador to Japan
Succeeded by
Mike Mansfield