Could Have Been

By | Apr 3, 2011

Ronald Harmon Brown (August 1, 1941–April 3, 1996) was a former Secretary of Commerce (January 22, 1993 – April 3, 1996) under President Clinton, the first African American to hold this position. Brown was also the first African American to lead a party when he was elected chairman of the Democratic National Committee on February 10, 1989.

He was on the fast road in his political career when his life ended on April 3, 1996. He was on an official trade mission in Croatia when USAF CT-43 aircraft, callsign IFO-21 crashed. All thirty five people on the plane died.

Prior to his chairmanship of the DNC he worked as a deputy campaign manager for Senator Edward M. Kennedy, Democratic Party’s 1980 presidential nomination.

In 1988 near the end of Jesse L. Jackson’s bid for the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination he was hired to head Jackson’s convention team. To many by, by June it appeared he was also running Jackson’s campaign.

As Chair of Democratic National Committee, he was a key figure in the running of the convention. After helping William Clinton to be elected to President, he was made Commerce Secretary, the post he held at his death.

It not out of possibility that had he not died, he may have made a run for President himself, if not in 2000, then in 2004.


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  1. Jamie Holts February 10, 2009 1:01 am

    I found your site on Google and read a few of your other entires. Nice Stuff. I’m looking forward to reading more from you.

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