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A Look Back at the Career of James Schlesinger

March 28, 2014 - 9:57am


Dr. James R. Schlesinger -- the first person to ever serve as U.S. Secretary of Energy -- passed away on March 27, 2014.

Known as the "father of the Energy Department," Schlesinger was tasked by President Jimmy Carter with organizing various smaller agencies -- including 40 field offices and about 20,000 employees -- into the Energy Department that grew into what exists today.

Check out the gallery of photos above, from the Energy Department archives, to look back at Schlesinger's legacy and accomplishments.