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Frederick Baily Dent

Frederick Baily Dent (born August 17, 1922, in Cape May, New Jersey) served from 1943 until 1946 in the United States Navy. From 1958 to 1972 he was the President of Mayfair Mills, Arcadia, South Carolina. He was the United States Secretary of Commerce from February 2, 1973, to March 26, 1975. In 1977 he went back to his old position at Mayfair Mills, serving as president until 1988. His son Rick then took over as president and Dent became board chairman of Mayfair Mills.

Dent was inducted into the South Carolina Business Hall of Fame in 1994.[1]

He currently lives in Spartanburg, South Carolina.

Frederick Baily Dent on the job
Political offices
Preceded by
Peter George Peterson
United States Secretary of Commerce
Served under: Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford

February 2, 1973 – March 26, 1975
Succeeded by
Rogers Morton
Government offices
Preceded by
William D. Eberle
United States Trade Representative
1975 – 1977
Succeeded by
Robert S. Strauss


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