Charles Thomas (Secretary of the Navy)

Charles Thomas
5th United States Secretary of the Navy
In office
February 9, 1953  August 5, 1953
President Dwight D. Eisenhower
Preceded by Robert B. Anderson
Succeeded by Thomas S. Gates Jr.
Personal details
Born Charles Sparks Thomas
(1897-09-28)September 28, 1897
Independence, Missouri, U.S.
Died October 17, 1983(1983-10-17) (aged 86)
Newport Beach, California, U.S.
Political party Republican
Education University of California, Berkeley
Cornell University

Charles Sparks Thomas[1] (September 28, 1897 October 17, 1983)[2] was a U.S. administrator. He served as Secretary of the Navy between May 3, 1954 and April 1, 1957.

Thomas was born in Independence, Missouri,[3] and he attended the University of California and Cornell University. During World War I, he served as a naval aviator. He joined the Eisenhower Administration in 1953 as Undersecretary of the Navy; later that year, he designated an Assistant Secretary of Defense.

In the private sector, Thomas worked as head of Trans World Airlines from 1956 through 1960. He subsequently was the president of the Irvine Company, which developed sprawling Southern California suburbs, through 1966. Thomas was director of several large corporations, including Lockheed.


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Government offices
Preceded by
Francis P. Whitehair
Under Secretary of the Navy
February 9, 1953 August 5, 1953
Succeeded by
Thomas S. Gates, Jr.
Preceded by
Robert B. Anderson
Secretary of the Navy
May 3, 1954 April 1, 1957
Succeeded by
Thomas S. Gates, Jr.

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