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A Look Back at the Career of James Schlesinger
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James Schlesinger and President and Mrs. Nixon Tour Hanford
Before becoming the first U.S. Secretary of Energy, James Schlesinger served as Chairman of the Atomic Energy Commission, where he helped lead a major reorganization of the agency and its functions –- previewing his role at the Department of Energy. In this picture he is visiting the Hanford nuclear site in Washington state with President and Mrs. Nixon. | Energy Department photo.
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Schlesinger Swearing In Ceremony
After serving as Chairman of the Atomic Energy Commission, Secretary of Defense and Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, James Schlesinger was appointed by President Carter as the first Secretary of Energy on August 5, 1977. | Energy Department photo.
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President Carter and Secretary Schlesinger at Signing of Department of Energy Organization Act
In the midst of the energy crisis of the late 1970s and early 1980s, Schlesinger was given the challenging task of unifying and reshaping multiple smaller energy agencies, field offices and research centers into one Cabinet-level agency. | Energy Department photo.
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Schlesinger Unveils First Department of Energy Building
By bringing together federal energy activities under one umbrella, Schlesinger laid the framework for a comprehensive approach to energy policy. | Energy Department photo.
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President Carter and Secretary Schlesinger at Oak Ridge National Lab
In the heart of the 1970s oil crisis, Schlesinger worked with President Carter’s staff to develop a series of serious energy conservation measures -- such as prohibiting the sale of gasoline on certain weekend hours and restricting thermostat settings for non-residential buildings. These methods, no longer in use today, illustrate the gravity of the oil crisis the nation faced. | Photo courtesy of Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
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Former Secretary Schlesinger at the 35th Anniversary of the Energy Department
James Schlesinger is remembered as the father of the Department of Energy. The highest award the Department gives to an employee is named in his honor: the Schlesinger award goes to an individual who makes contributions of national importance or affects significant improvements to the successful implementation of the Department's mission. | Energy Department photo.