The Nation: Coleman: A Choice Cabinet Choice

In a move that will add luster as well as diversity to his Cabinet, President Ford this week will name William Thaddeus Coleman Jr., 54, Secretary of Transportation. A senior partner in a prestigious Philadelphia law firm and former president of the N.A.A.C.P. Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Coleman has filled appointive posts under four Presidents. Married and the father of three children, he will be the second black to hold Cabinet rank; Robert Weaver, Secretary of Housing and Urban Development from 1966 to 1968, was the first.

A magna cum laude graduate from Harvard Law School in 1946, Coleman was selected...

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