United States Ambassador to the United NationsDied when: 81 years 164 days (977 months)
Star Sign: Leo
Arthur Joseph Goldberg (August 8, 1908 – January 19, 1990) was an American statesman and jurist who served as the 9th U.S.Secretary of Labor, an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, and the 6th United States Ambassador to the United Nations.
Born in Chicago, Illinois, Goldberg graduated from the Northwestern University School of Law in 1930.He became a prominent labor attorney and helped arrange the merger of the American Federation of Labor and the Congress of Industrial Organizations.
During World War II, he served in the Office of Strategic Services, organizing European resistance to Nazi Germany.In 1961, President John F.
Kennedy appointed Goldberg as the Secretary of Labor.In 1962, Kennedy successfully nominated Goldberg to the Supreme Court to fill a vacancy created by the retirement of Felix Frankfurter.
Goldberg aligned with the liberal bloc of justices and wrote the majority opinion in Escobedo v.Illinois.In 1965, Goldberg resigned from the bench to accept appointment by President Lyndon B.
Johnson as the Ambassador to the United Nations.In that role, he helped draft UN Resolution 242 in the aftermath of the Six-Day War.
He ran for the position of Governor of New York in 1970 but was defeated by Nelson Rockefeller.After his defeat, he served as president of the American Jewish Committee and continued to practice law.