Weaver, Robert C.

1st HUD Secretary & 1st African-American Cabinet member

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(1907-1997) African-American government official & educator, 1st Black Cabinet officer. Aide to FDR Interior Secretary Harold Ickes 1933-37, advising on policy relating to Black Americans, special assistant to US Housing Authority Administrator 1937–40. Administered housing policy in NYC as Deputy State Housing Commissioner 1954-59 and as VP of City Housing and Redevelopment Board. JFK nominated Weaver as administrator of the Housing and Home Finance Agency over objections of southern Democrats opposed to civil rights. His nomination succeeded but Kennedy lost battle to upgrade agency to Cabinet level in part because conservatives thought Weaver, key figure in the NAACP, would be nominated to the post. Under LBJ, Department of Housing and Urban Development was created and Weaver was its first Secretary, becoming in 1966 1st Black member of an American Cabinet, a post in which he served until 1969. He advocated numerous initatives inc. the Model Cities Program. At end of LBJ’s administration, Weaver became president of Baruch College of the City University of New York. Signed 1967 US 5c “Plan for Better Cities” stamp 3 ¾ x 6 ½ cacheted envelope, postmarked “First Day of Issue”, Washington DC, Octiber 2, 1967.

Condition: Very good
Type:First Day Cover






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