1966 January 18

Robert C. Weaver Sworn in as First African-American Cabinet Member


Appointed Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) by President Lyndon Johnson on this day, Robert C. Weaver was the first African-American to serve in a Cabinet-level position. He served as the first Secretary of HUD from 1966 to 1968. Weaver began his public service career under President Franklin D. Roosevelt as a member of FDR’s informal “Black Cabinet.”

In 2000, the headquarters of the Department of Housing and Urban Development was named the Robert C. Weaver Federal Building in his honor.

Read Weaver’s biography at the National Archives:

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