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1949 Horatio Alger Award Winner

Anna Rosenberg*

Assistant Secretary
Department of Defense

"I was not born in this country, but I adopted it and its values and was proud to serve several administrations here and overseas."

Anna Rosenberg was born in 1902 in Budapest, Hungary. She immigrated with her family to the United States and settled in the Bronx in 1912. In the early 1920s, she became involved with politics. She served as an advisor to Governor Franklin Roosevelt. After he was elected President, he continued to seek her counsel. She served in a variety of federal government labor-related positions. In 1945, she was awarded the Medal of Freedom and received the U. S. Medal for Merit in 1947. She went on to serve as Assistant Secretary of Defense from 1950 to 1953. Rosenberg is credited with being instrumental in promoting racial integration of the services. Her overall government service shattered the glass ceiling that separated women from the senior military establishment.

* Deceased