Skip to page content
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Administration and Management
Bookmark and Share

Hall of Secretaries

James P. Mitchell Portrait Artist: C.J. Fox

James P. Mitchell

Tenure: October 9, 1953 to January 20, 1961

From New Jersey. Held a wide range of jobs to finance his education. Had a retail business of his own; became a labor relations executive in the retail industry. Was Department of Army manpower expert in World War II.

Appointed by Dwight Eisenhower. He was a staunch advocate of human relations and labor-management cooperation; strengthened America's workforce for peace and war; brought strong attention to the fight against employment discrimination and the plight of migrant workers. He established the machinery for administration of the Landrum-Griffin Act. He improved DOL organization and clarified the roles of the federal labor agencies to reduce overlapping functions. Inducted into the Labor Hall of Fame in 1989.







Previous Section Next Section