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Bradford Morse
Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme

In office
Secretary General Kurt Waldheim
Javier Pérez de Cuéllar
Preceded by Rudolph A. Peterson
Succeeded by William Henry Draper III
Member of the United States House of Representatives
In office
January 3, 1961 – May 1, 1972
Preceded by Edith Nourse Rogers
Succeeded by Paul W. Cronin
Personal details
Born Frank Bradford Morse
(1921-08-07)August 7, 1921
Lowell, Massachusetts, U.S.
Died December 18, 1994(1994-12-18) (aged 73)
Naples, Florida, U.S.
Resting place Arlington National Cemetery
Political party Republican
Military service
Allegiance United States
Service/branch  United States Army
Years of service 1942–1946
Battles/wars World War II

Frank Bradford Morse (August 7, 1921 – December 18, 1994) was a member of the United States House of Representatives from Massachusetts. He had a notable career in the United States Congress and the United Nations. On Capitol Hill he served in various capacities for nearly twenty years, the last twelve as Congressman from Lowell, Massachusetts. In 1972, he became Under Secretary General of the United Nations and in 1976, the renowned Administrator of its Development Program. He received a Franklin D. Roosevelt "Four Freedoms" award for his extraordinary career as an international public servant, particularly as Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme.


Morse was born in Lowell, Massachusetts on August 7, 1921 and graduated from Boston University in 1948 and from Boston University School of Law in 1949. He served in World War II in the Army from 1942-1946. After the war, he served as a private practice lawyer, business executive, law clerk to Chief Justice of the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts, and professor at Boston University School of Law, 1949-1953. He was elected to the Lowell City Council in 1952 and served there until 1953 when he was employed as a staff member for United States Senate Armed Services Committee, a position he held until 1955. From 1955 until 1958 he served as an executive secretary and chief assistant to United States Senator Leverett Saltonstall, and later as a deputy administrator of Veterans Administration from 1958-1960.

After the death of Edith Nourse Rogers in September 1960, he was selected by the Republican Party to take her place on the ballot and was elected as a Republican to the Eighty-seventh Congress in November 1960. He was then re-elected to the five succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1961- May 1, 1972. In 1966, along with three Republican Senators and four other Republican Representatives, Morse signed a telegram sent to Georgia Governor Carl E. Sanders regarding the Georgia legislature's refusal to seat the recently elected Julian Bond in their state House of Representatives. This refusal, said the telegram, was "a dangerous attack on representative government. None of us agree with Mr. Bond's views on the Vietnam War; in fact we strongly repudiate these views. But unless otherwise determined by a court of law, which the Georgia Legislature is not, he is entitled to express them."[1]

He became Under Secretary General for Political and General Assembly Affairs at the United Nations from 1972-1976. He was then promoted to be the third Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme from 1976-1986.[2] From 1986-1991, he served as the seventh president of the Salzburg Global Seminar, a non-profit organization based in Salzburg, Austria whose mission is to challenge current and future leaders to develop creative ideas for solving global problems. He died at his home in Naples, Florida on December 18, 1994, and was cremated and placed in Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia.


  1. "Georgia House Dispute". January 21, 1966. p. 255. Cited in African American Involvement in the Vietnam War
  2. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-08-26. Retrieved 2011-08-24. 
United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Edith Nourse Rogers
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Massachusetts's 5th congressional district

Succeeded by
Paul W. Cronin
Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Rudolph A. Peterson
Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme
Succeeded by
William Henry Draper III

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