|5th United States Secretary of the Navy|
May 3, 1954 – April 1, 1957
|President||Dwight D. Eisenhower|
|Preceded by||Robert B. Anderson|
|Succeeded by||Thomas S. Gates Jr.|
Charles Sparks Thomas
September 28, 1897
Independence, Missouri, U.S.
|Died||October 17, 1983 (aged 86)|
Newport Beach, California, U.S.
|Education||University of California, Berkeley|
Thomas was born in Independence, Missouri, and he attended the University of California and Cornell University. During World War I, he served as a naval aviator. He joined the Eisenhower Administration in 1953 as Undersecretary of the Navy; later that year, he designated an Assistant Secretary of Defense.
During the 1930s, Thomas worked for Foreman and Clark. Thomas became president of Trans World Airlines on 2 July 1958, and served until 28 July 1960. He subsequently was the president of the Irvine Company, which developed sprawling Southern California suburbs, through 1966. Thomas was director of several large corporations, including Lockheed.
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