African Americans in Consumer Product Safety: Thaddeus Garrett Jr.

Thaddeus Garrett Showing Shirley Chisholm a Report

Corbis Images: Thaddeus Garrett showing Shirley Chisholm a report, 1971

A genuine man with a love for God and public service, Reverend, Dr. Thaddeus Garrett Jr., served as a Commissioner and Vice-Chairman from 1976 to 1977. Although his time on the Commission was short, his positivity and hard work helped to keep the Commission together.

Before his appointment to CPSC, Garrett was a Special Assistant to former Vice President Nelson Rockefeller and Chief Assistant to former Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm. Once his role at CPSC ended, he was elected to the State Board of Education of Ohio where he served seven years, resigning to become Commissioner on the Ohio Civil Rights Commission.

In addition to his positions in product safety and international trade, Garrett was an ordained minister who served his lifelong church, Wesley Temple A.M.E. Zion Church in Akron, Ohio, as the associate minister. He was also named one of the 100 Most Influential Black Americans by Ebony Magazine of 1981.

Garrett loved working at CPSC and serving the people of Ohio.  Throughout his distinguished career, he was a genuine and faithful public servant.

Thank you, Dr. Thaddeus Garrett Jr.

This is the third of seven profiles of African Americans who made significant contributions to product safety in the United States.

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