Daniel Armstrong, Esq.

Born:  December 29, 1941
Rogersville, Tennessee

Summary by
Carl Stern

Interviews Conducted by
Matthew S. Sheldon, Esq.

Daniel Armstrong, Esq.

Oral History Text & Documentation

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Oral History Summary


Daniel M (Mack) Armstrong III was born on December 29, 1941 and grew up in Rogersville, Tennessee. He graduated from the McCallie School in Chattanooga, Tennessee and then attended the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill as a Morehead Scholar, graduating in 1963 with a degree in American History. He received his law degree from Harvard Law School in 1966.

He then worked briefly as an Associate at the New York law firm, Chadborne, Parke, Whiteside, and Wollf, where he has previously been a Summer Associate. Armstrong left Chadborne in 1967 to begin three years on active duty in the Navy Judge Advocate General’s Corps, most of which time he spent as an instructor on the staff of the Naval Justice School in Newport, Rhode Island.

After his military tour, Armstrong became an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Eastern District of New York for fourteen months until moving to Washington in June 1971 to join the staff of the then Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Division, L. Patrick Gray III. When Mr. Gray was appointed as the acting director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation in May 1972, his personal staff accompanied him and served with him in the FBI until his resignation nearly one year later.

Armstrong joined the Federal Communications Commission in 1973 as an attorney in the Litigation Division of the Office of  General Counsel. He served as the Chief of the Litigation Division from June 1975 until his retirement on December 31, 2010.

Courtesy of the Armstrong Family