Associate Justice, United States Supreme Court
Born on August 8, 1908, he served in the Office of Strategic Services (OSS) during World War II as an Army officer.
He was general counsel for the Congress of Industrial Organizations (CIO) and was a moving force in combining that organization with the American Federationof Labor (AFL). He was then general counsel for the resulting AFL-CIO.
He served as Secretary of Labor in the Cabinet of President John F. Kennedy and was appointed to the Supreme Court by Kennedy in 1962. He left the court in 1965 to become U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, but resigned that position when he felt that he could not play a part in bringing the Vietnam War to a halt.
He died on January 18, 1990 and was buried in Section 21 of Arlington National Cemetery, near the gravesite of Chief Justice Earl Warren.
His wife, Dorothy Kurgans Goldberg (August 1, 1908-February 13, 1988), an artist, writer and human rights advocate, is buried with him.
Michael Robert Patterson was born in Arlington and is the son of a former officer of the US Army. So it was no wonder that sooner or later his interests drew him to American history and especially to American military history. Many of his articles can be found on renowned portals like the New York Times, Washingtonpost or Wikipedia.
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