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Knowing far less about 1960s and 1970s politics than I do about earlier eras, I’ll mostly let the picture do the talking:

Nixon continues the venerable tradition of sending an omnibus cabinet-nomination message to the Senate, yet some presidents (Lincoln and FDR come to mind) apparently preferred to nominate their closest advisers one-by-one, even if all chosen on the same day.

There aren’t too many superstars on this list. George Romney obviously stands out as being the father of the likely 2012 Republican presidential nominee. George Shultz (Nixon’s Labor nominee) later served as Treasury Secretary under Nixon and Secretary of State for most of Ronald Reagan’s presidency. Secretary of State William Rogers was largely overshadowed by National Security Advisor Henry Kissinger until Kissinger succeeded Rogers. Attorney General John Mitchell was convicted of conspiracy, perjury, and obstruction of justice in the aftermath of the Watergate scandal (“the only US Attorney General ever to be convicted of illegal activities,” Wikipedia says). And a bit of trivia—Winton Blount was the last Postmaster General to have held a cabinet position, as the executive U.S. Post Office Department became an independent agency (the U.S. Postal Service) after the Postal Reorganization Act of 1970.

I learned something interesting about Nixon the other day. Because he attended Duke Law School during the Depression, he had very little money to spend on housing, food, and other necessities. He ate only a Milky Way bar for breakfast every single day for the three years he attended Duke. “It did do damage to the teeth, but it certainly was good for the pocketbook,” he said in 1983.

My own Rogers and Shultz autographs: