James Hodgson (James Day Hodgson)

James Hodgson

James Day Hodgson (December 3, 1915 – November 28, 2012) was an American politician. He served as the Secretary of Labor and the Ambassador to Japan. James Hodgson was born in Dawson, Minnesota, the son of Fred Arthur Hodgson, a lumberyard owner, and his wife, Casaraha M. (née Day). He graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1938 where he was a member of Phi Sigma Kappa fraternity, and completed his graduate studies at the University of California at Los Angeles. He married the former Maria Denend on August 24, 1943. They had two children, Nancy Ruth Hodgson, and Frederick Jesse Hodgson. During World War II, Hodgson served as an officer in the United States Navy. He worked for Lockheed Martin for 25 years. From 1970 to 1973, Hodgson served as Richard Nixon’s Secretary of Labor, and from 1974 to 1977, he served as the U.S. Ambassador to Japan under Gerald Ford. Beginning in 1977, Hodgson served as the Chairman of the Board of the Uranium Mining Company. James Hodgson served as an adjunct professor at University of California, Los Angeles and was visiting scholar from the American Enterprise Institute. Following the death of former Labor Secretary W. Willard Wirtz on April 24, 2010, Hodgson became the oldest living former Cabinet member. He died on November 28, 2012, in Malibu, California, and is interred at the Forest Lawn Memorial Park, in Los Angeles, California.

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  • December, 03, 1915
  • USA
  • Dawson, Minnesota


  • November, 28, 2012
  • USA
  • Malibu, California


  • Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Hollywood Hills)
  • Los Angeles, California
  • USA

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