Weaver, Robert Clifton, Dr.


(1907–97), economist; “Black Cabinet” leader; administrator, minority affairs adviser in various New Deal agencies (1933–), including adviser to Secy. of Interior Harold L. Ickes (1933–37); special asst. to Nathan Strauss, administrator, HousingAuthority (1937–40); administrative asst. to Sidney Hillman, NDAC (1940); chief of
Negro Employment and Training Branch, Labor Div., OPM and WPB (1942–43); hired
Mitchell as field asst. (May 1941); asst. to dir. of operations, WMC (1942); chief of Negro
Manpower Service, WMC (1943–44); after WWII held many state, federal posts, posts in education and foundations; appointed administrator, HHFA (1961), highest federal administrative position then assigned to a black; appointed first secy. of HUD by Pres. Johnson (1966)—first black in cabinet post. Author of Negro Labor: A Natl. Problem (1946), The Negro Ghetto (1948), The Urban Complex: Human Values in Urban Life (1964), Dilemmas of Urban America (1965). Born in D.C. PhD (economics), Harvard (1934).

1907 December 29
1997 July 17