What's new: July 2019

July 25, 2019

This update features nine new biographies of figures involved in American government and politics. Highlights include First Lady Nancy Reagan; conservative justice Robert Bork; Secretary of State Warren Christopher; and two major figures from the Social Security Administration: the statistician Mollie Orshansky, who developed the threshold of poverty, and Bob Ball, a longtime SSA official who served as the commissioner of Social Security from 1962 to 1973.

Ball, Bob (28 Mar. 1914–29 Jan. 2008), public official and leading expert on the U.S. Social Security program

Bork, Robert H. (1 Mar. 1927–19 Dec. 2012), conservative legal theorist, Solicitor General of the United States, federal appellate judge, and writer

Bunning, Jim (23 Oct. 1931–26 May 2017), baseball player, congressman, and U.S. Senator

Christopher, Warren (27 Oct. 1925–18 Mar. 2011), politician, diplomat, and lawyer

Leffingwell, Russell C. (10 Sept. 1878–2 Oct. 1960), lawyer, financier, and federal government official

Menino, Thomas M. (27 Dec. 1942–30 Oct. 2014), Democratic politician and mayor of Boston

Orshansky, Mollie (9 Jan. 1915–18 Dec. 2006), civil servant, economist and statistician

Reagan, Nancy Davis (6 July 1921–Mar. 6, 2016), actress and first lady

Ylvisaker, Paul Norman (28 Nov. 1921–17 Mar. 1992), public official, foundation executive, and educator

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