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Rex Whitton Photo Gallery

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On February 10, 1961, Secretary of Commerce Luther H. Hodges (left) administers the oath of office to Rex Whitton (right) as he becomes the third Federal Highway Administrator.  Carlton Hayward, Director of Personnel Management for the Commerce Department, is the middle man.
On February 10, 1961, Secretary of Commerce Luther H. Hodges (left) administers the oath of office to Rex Whitton (right) as he becomes the third Federal Highway Administrator. Carlton Hayward, Director of Personnel Management for the Commerce Department, is the middle man.
On April 2, 1964, Administrator Rex Whitton participates in the dedication of I-495, the Capital Beltway from U.S. 1 to the Shirley Highway-the last segment in Virginia.
On April 2, 1964, Administrator Rex Whitton participates in the dedication of I-495, the Capital Beltway from U.S. 1 to the Shirley Highway-the last segment in Virginia.
In Maryland, the final link in I-495, the Capital Beltway, was opened after ceremonies on August 17, 1964.  Ribbon cutters (l. to r) are Rex Whitton, Governor J. Millard Tawes, and Chairman John B. Funk of the Maryland State Roads Commission.
In Maryland, the final link in I-495, the Capital Beltway, was opened after ceremonies on August 17, 1964. Ribbon cutters (l. to r) are Rex Whitton, Governor J. Millard Tawes, and Chairman John B. Funk of the Maryland State Roads Commission.
Promotion of the Interstate System was a hallmark of Rex Whitton's tenure.  Here he is seen with Commerce Secretary Luther H. Hodges opening "Highways U.S.A.," an exhibit in the Department of Commerce Building marking 5 years of Interstate construction (1956-1961).
Promotion of the Interstate System was a hallmark of Rex Whitton's tenure. Here he is seen with Commerce Secretary Luther H. Hodges opening "Highways U.S.A.," an exhibit in the Department of Commerce Building marking 5 years of Interstate construction (1956-1961).
On August 13, 1964, Administrator Rex Whitton (in front of the flag) watches as President Lyndon B. Johnson signs the Federal-Aid Highway Act of 1964.
On August 13, 1964, Administrator Rex Whitton (in front of the flag) watches as President Lyndon B. Johnson signs the Federal-Aid Highway Act of 1964.
After signing the Federal-Aid Highway Act of 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson hands one of the pens to Administrator Rex Whitton.
After signing the Federal-Aid Highway Act of 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson hands one of the pens to Administrator Rex Whitton.
On May 11, 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson greets Administrator Rex Whitton at the start of Lady Bird Johnson's 2-day Landscapes and Landmarks Tour of I-95 in Virginia to promote highway beautification.
On May 11, 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson greets Administrator Rex Whitton at the start of Lady Bird Johnson's 2-day Landscapes and Landmarks Tour of I-95 in Virginia to promote highway beautification.
Mrs. Callie Maude Whitton joined her husband Rex and Lady Bird Johnson (right) on the Landscapes and Landmarks Tour of I-95 in Virginia.  Lady Bird enjoyed Mrs. Whitton's cookies.
Mrs. Callie Maude Whitton joined her husband Rex and Lady Bird Johnson (right) on the Landscapes and Landmarks Tour of I-95 in Virginia. Lady Bird enjoyed Mrs. Whitton's cookies.
On July 11, 1966, leaders of the Bureau of Public Roads celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Federal Aid Road Act of 1916, which established the Federal-aid highway program.  Left to right:  James C. Allen (former Director of Administration), Charles D. "Cap" Curtis (former BPR Commissioner), E. H. "Ted" Holmes (Director of Planning), Lawrence Jones (Deputy Administrator), Rex Whitton (Administrator), George M. Williams (Director of Engineering and Operations), and Frank Turner (Chief Engineer).
On July 11, 1966, leaders of the Bureau of Public Roads celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Federal Aid Road Act of 1916, which established the Federal-aid highway program. Left to right: James C. Allen (former Director of Administration), Charles D. "Cap" Curtis (former BPR Commissioner), E. H. "Ted" Holmes (Director of Planning), Lawrence Jones (Deputy Administrator), Rex Whitton (Administrator), George M. Williams (Director of Engineering and Operations), and Frank Turner (Chief Engineer).
Administrator Rex Whitton (center) and Chief Engineer Frank Turner (right) congratulate Lowell Bridwell following his swearing in as Acting Deputy Federal Highway Administrator on January 20, 1964.  Bridwell, a former journalist specializing in transportation, would become the Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for Transportation (Operations) on July 2, 1964, and replace Whitton as Administrator on March 23, 1967.
Administrator Rex Whitton (center) and Chief Engineer Frank Turner
(right) congratulate Lowell Bridwell following his swearing in as Acting Deputy Federal Highway Administrator on January 20, 1964. Bridwell, a former journalist specializing in transportation, would become the Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for Transportation (Operations) on July 2, 1964, and replace Whitton as Administrator on March 23, 1967.
Updated: 10/15/2013
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