Stewart L. Udall

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Stewart Udall
37th United States Secretary of the Interior
From: January 21, 1961 – January 20, 1969
President John F. Kennedy (January 21, 1961 – November 22, 1963)
Lyndon B. Johnson (November 22, 1963 – January 20, 1969)
Predecessor Fred A. Seaton
Successor Wally Hickel
Former U.S. Representative from Arizona's 2nd District
From: January 3, 1955 – January 18, 1961
Predecessor Harold Patten
Successor Morris Udall
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Party Democrat
Spouse(s) Ermalee Webb
Religion The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (see below)
Military Service
Allegiance United States
Service/branch United States Army
Unit Fifteenth Air Force
Battles/wars World War II

Stewart Lee Udall (January 31, 1920 – March 20, 2010) was a conservationist and liberal Democrat who served as the congressman from Arizona's 2nd district and later as the United States Secretary of the Interior under the presidencies of John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson. Having been a prominent member of the Udall family, he is the father of current U.S. senator from New Mexico Tom Udall, uncle to former U.S. senator from Colorado Mark Udall, and the older brother of Mo Udall.

Early life, education, and military service

Udall was born on January 31, 1920 to Levi Stewart and Louisa Lee Udall in Saint Johns, Arizona. He attended local public schools and later the Eastern Arizona Junior college for one year before being enlisting into the U.S. Army to fight in World War II, where he served as a gunner with the 15th Air Force in combat operations.

Personal life

Religious views

While a member of the LDS Church, Udall has generally been known as a “Jack Mormon” for his liberal views and less active devotion.[1]

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