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William B. Franke
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William B. Franke as Secretary of the Navy
United States Secretary of the Navy

In office
June 8, 1959 – January 19, 1961
Preceded by Thomas S. Gates, Jr.
Succeeded by John B. Connally, Jr
Personal details
Born (1909-09-09)September 9, 1909
Troy, New York
Died June 30, 1979(1979-06-30) (aged 85)[1]
Rutland, Vermont
Alma mater Pace College
Occupation government administrator

William Birrell Franke (April 15, 1894 – June 30, 1979) was a government administrator who held several government positions including service as the United States Secretary of the Navy from 1959 to 1961 under Dwight D. Eisenhower.


Franke was born April 15, 1894 in Troy, New York and attended Pace College.

From October 4, 1954 to April 16, 1957 he served as the Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Financial Management and Comptroller) and from April 17, 1957 to June 7, 1959 he was promoted to the position of Under Secretary of the Navy. On June 8, 1959 he was appointed to the position of Secretary of the Navy and held that position until January 19, 1961.

While working for the Navy he advocated in implementing new, modern technology for the United States Navy, including the use of nuclear-powered warships.

He was awarded the Department of Defense's Distinguished Service Award and the Medal of Freedom for his work. He died June 30, 1979, in Vermont after complications from gall bladder surgery.


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Government offices
Preceded by
New Office
Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Financial Management and Comptroller)
October 4, 1954 – April 16, 1957
Succeeded by
J. Sinclair Armstrong
Preceded by
Thomas S. Gates, Jr.
Under Secretary of the Navy
April 17, 1957 – June 7, 1959
Succeeded by
Fred A. Bantz
Preceded by
Thomas S. Gates, Jr.
United States Secretary of the Navy
June 8, 1959 – January 19, 1961
Succeeded by
John B. Connally, Jr

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