Ray Marshall

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Ray Marshall
16th United States Secretary of Labor
In office
January 27, 1977 – January 20, 1981
President Jimmy Carter
Preceded by William Usery Jr.
Succeeded by Raymond J. Donovan
Personal details
Born (1928-08-22) August 22, 1928 (age 89)
Oak Grove, Louisiana, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Education Hinds Community College
Millsaps College (BA)
Louisiana State University, Baton Rogue (MA)
University of California, Berkeley (PhD)
Military service
Allegiance  United States
Service/branch  United States Navy
Battles/wars World War II

Freddie Ray Marshall (born August 22, 1928) is the Professor Emeritus of the Audre and Bernard Rapoport Centennial Chair in Economics and Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin.

Marshall was born in 1928 in Oak Grove, Louisiana, and spent some of his youth in an orphanage. He joined the US Navy at age 15 by overstating his age. After serving in World War II, he attended Louisiana State University and Millsaps College. While attending Millsaps, he became a member of Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity. His Ph.D. is from University of California, Berkeley in economics, under supervision of Walter Galenson. He has held several academic posts, but since 1962 has been at the University of Texas, with the exception of his term as United States Secretary of Labor as a member of Jimmy Carter's Administration.

As Secretary of Labor, he expanded public service and job-training programs, as a part of Carter's economic stimulus program.

Marshall was also one of the founders of the Economic Policy Institute in 1986.


  • F. Ray Marshall, Labor in the South, Harvard University Press, 1967. ISBN 9780674507005.
  • Ray Marshall; Marc Tucker (October 19, 1993). Thinking for a Living: Education and the Wealth of Nations. Basic Books. ISBN 978-0-465-08557-6. 
  • Editor: Back to Shared Prosperity: The Growing Inequality of Wealth and Income in America, ISBN 978-0765604255.

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Political offices
Preceded by
W. J. Usery Jr.
U.S. Secretary of Labor
Served under: Jimmy Carter

Succeeded by
Raymond J. Donovan