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John F. Lehman

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John F. Lehman, Jr. (born September 14, 1942) is an American investment banker and writer who served as Secretary of the Navy in the Reagan administration and since 2003 has been a member of the 9/11 Commission.

Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, he received a B.S. in international relations from St. Joseph's University in 1964, studied at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge becoming B.A. and M.A., and a Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania. He served in the Air Force Reserves for three years while at Cambridge, then in 1968 left the Reserves and joined the United States Navy as an ensign, later rising to the rank of commander.

He worked for UBS AG, then later was president of Abington Corporation, from 1977 to 1981, when he was appointed to the Navy job.

As the 65th Secretary, Lehman launched the idea of building a "600-ship Navy".

As of 2004, he is chairman of the private equity investment firm J. F. Lehman and Company. He is also a honorary member of the First Troop Philadelphia City Cavalry, the oldest military unit in continuous service to the Republic of the United States.

He is a second cousin of the late Grace Kelly (Princess Grace of Monaco), and is chairman of the Princess Grace Foundation USA. He led the American delegation to the funeral of Prince Rainier.

Books

  • On Seas of Glory
  • Command of the Seas
  • Making War
  • America the Vulnerable

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Preceded by:
Edward Hidalgo
Secretary of the Navy Succeeded by:
James H. Webb
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