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Michael M. Uhlmann (1939-2019)

By: CRB
October 9, 2019

Claremont lost a great colleague and friend yesterday, with the passing of Michael M. Uhlmann. 

Dr. Uhlmann was a Senior Fellow and faculty member of the Claremont Institute, a professor of Politics & Economics at Claremont Graduate University, and an adjunct professor at Claremont McKenna College. He received his PhD in Government from Claremont Graduate University after receiving his BA in History from Yale University and his LLB from the University of Virginia Law School. Uhlmann served as a senior vice president of the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, a senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center in Washington, D.C., and as a partner in the Washington office of Pepper, Hamilton, & Scheetz.

In addition to his academic career, private legal practice, and philanthropic work, Uhlmann had a distinguished career in government, beginning with service as a staff and committee counsel in the U.S. Senate and as assistant general counsel of the Federal Trade Commission. In 1974, following Senate confirmation, he was appointed by President Gerald Ford to be assistant attorney general for Legislative Affairs in the Department of Justice. From 1981 to 1984, he served as special assistant to President Ronald Reagan and associate director of the White House Office of Policy Development. He directed legal and administrative policy for the Reagan presidential transition in 1980–1981 and chaired the Department of Justice transition team for President-Elect George H. W. Bush in 1988–1989.

Uhlmann wrote for various leading newspapers and journals of opinion, including National Review, Weekly Standard, Philadelphia Inquirer, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, and First Things.

Dr. Uhlmann contributed many pieces to the Claremont Review of Books over the years, which can be found here.

For a recent tribute to Michael Uhlmann from Claremont President Ryan P. Williams, please go here.