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labor union administrator

John Francis Henning was American labor union administrator. Recipient Ellis I. Medal of Honor, 1986.


Henning, John Francis was born on November 22, 1915 in San Francisco, California, United States. Son of William Henry and Lulu Frances (McLane) Henning.


AB, St. Mary's College, 1938. Doctor of Laws, St. Mary's College, 1976. Doctor of Laws, St. Anselm's College, 1965.

Distributed control system, St. Bonaventure University, 1966.


Research director, administrative assistant to executive officer California State Federation Labor, San Francisco, 1949—1958. Director California Department Industrial Relations, 1959—1962. Under secretary United States Department Labor, Washington, 1962—1967.

United States ambassador to New Zealand United States Department State, 1967—1969. Executive secretary-treasurer California Labor Federation American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations, San Francisco, 1970—1996. Board Permit Appeals, 1953—1956, president, 1955—1956.

Member Public Welfare Commission, 1950—1953, Equal Employment Opportunities Commn, all San Francisco, 1956—1959. Member board regents University California, 1989—1997.


Married Margueritte M. Morand, November 25, 1939 (deceased 1994). Children: John F., Brian H., Patrick W., Nancy R., Daniel M., Thomas R., Mary T.

William Henry Henning

Lulu Frances (McLane) Henning

Margueritte M. Morand

John F. Henning

Brian H. Henning

Patrick W. Henning

Nancy R. Henning

Daniel M. Henning

Thomas R. Henning

Mary T. Henning