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Virginia H. Wright Knauer
Birth: Mar. 28, 1915
Philadelphia
Philadelphia County
Pennsylvania, USA
Death: Oct. 16, 2011
Washington
District of Columbia
District Of Columbia, USA

US Presidential Official. She served as the first US Consumer-Affairs Bureau chief. Born in Philadelphia, her father served as a professor of Accounting at Temple University. After her graduation from Girls High School in 1933, with a fondness for artistic creativity, she attained a bachelors degree in Art History from the University of Pennsylvania and a Fine Arts degree from Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts four years later. She furthered her studies in Florence, Italy and following the outbreak of World War II, she would return to Philadelphia. After marrying and beginning her family, she initiated her career in politics (member of the Republican Party) during the 1950s, as an organizer for women's groups who supported President Eisenhower. Less than a decade later, she was elected to an at-large seat on Philadelphia's City Council and served two terms. In 1968, she was named by Governor Raymond Shafer to head the Pennsylvania Bureau of Consumer Protection and through high-praise from Pennsylvania Senator Hugh Scott, she was appointed by President Nixon one year later to serve as chief of the newly-formed Federal Office of Consumer-Affairs (a post she held through the Ford administration). Her tenure saw the implementation of the Consumer Information Center in Pueblo, Colorado and the enforcement of ingredient information listed on products. She established her own consulting firm during President Carter's administration, and through both terms of President Reagan, she held the positions of special assistant to the president, director of the Office of Consumer Affairs and chairwoman of the Consumer Affairs Council. (bio by: C.S.) 
 
Burial:
All Saints Episcopal Church Cemetery
Torresdale
Philadelphia County
Pennsylvania, USA
 
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Originally Created by: C.S.
Record added: Oct 27, 2011
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Virginia H. <i>Wright</i> Knauer
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