Nicholas Debelleville Katzenbach


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Katzenbach, Nicholas deBelleville

(kăt`sənbăk), 1922–2012, U.S. attorney general (1965–66), b. Philadelphia. He served (1950–56) as adviser in the office of the general counsel to the secretary of the air force and was on the law faculties of Yale (1952–56) and the Univ. of Chicago (1956–60). In 1961 he joined the Justice Dept. as assistant attorney general in charge of the Office of Legal Counsel. As deputy attorney general (1962–64) he played an important role in the enforcement of desegregation at the universities of Mississippi and Alabama, and he helped draft the Civil Rights Act of 1964. When Robert F. KennedyKennedy, Robert Francis,
1925–68, American politician, U.S. Attorney General (1961–64), b. Brookline, Mass., younger brother of President John F. Kennedy and son of Joseph P. Kennedy.

A graduate of Harvard (1948) and the Univ.
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 resigned as attorney general in Sept., 1964, President Lyndon B. JohnsonJohnson, Lyndon Baines,
1908–73, 36th President of the United States (1963–69), b. near Stonewall, Tex. Early Life

Born into a farm family, he graduated (1930) from Southwest Texas State Teachers College (now Southwest Texas State Univ.), in San Marcos.
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 named Katzenbach acting attorney general, and in Feb., 1965, he was confirmed as attorney general. He succeeded George BallBall, George Wildman,
1909–94, American lawyer and diplomat, b. Des Moines, Iowa. Admitted to the bar in 1934, he served (1942–44) as counsel in the Lend Lease Administration and the Foreign Economic Administration.
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 as undersecretary of state in 1966. He resigned in 1968 to become senior vice president and general counsel at IBM Corp., where he was involved the company's defense against a lengthy government antitrust action that ultimately was abandoned; he retired in 1986 and entered private practice.