Remembering Nicholas Katzenbach

January 17, 2022: As we celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service I am also remembering Nicholas Katzenbach who served this country as a navigator during WWII, and as an Assistant Attorney General, Deputy Attorney General, Attorney General, and Deputy Secretary of State during the Kennedy and Johnson Administrations. Today would have been Nicholas Katzenbach’s 100th birthday, a birthday he also proudly shared with Benjamin Franklin. I don’t think Katzenbach, who died in 2012, could have imagined that 57 years after the Voting Rights Act of 1965 was signed into law that voting rights would once again be the center of political debate and jeopardized in 2022. His voice is sorely missed.


2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by James Hawkins on January 18, 2022 at 11:18 am

    Don’t know if you remember me or not. Got to go to Archives with you in MD. That was a great time. Have gone a few more times with lady who works there researching different subjects. So much I do not know about that place. You were great. Did you ever publish the book about Katz? You sent me part of the manuscript which I still have. Have not shared with anyone except llet my sons read, but not copy, it. You are such a good writer. Am curious what you are doing now and where you are. I am enjoying getting old and enjoying local history here in Fairfax VA.’ Watching some of it disappear and documenting it. Hope all is well with you and again appreciate the neat time you treated me – and all the information about my Dad I got!


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