William Denman Eberle

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Bill Eberle
4th United States Trade Representative
In office
November 12, 1971 – December 24, 1974
PresidentRichard Nixon
Gerald Ford
Preceded byCarl J. Gilbert
Succeeded byFrederick Dent
Personal details
Born(1923-06-05)June 5, 1923
Boise, Idaho, U.S.
DiedApril 3, 2008(2008-04-03) (aged 84)
Concord, Massachusetts, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Jean Eberle
EducationStanford University (BA)
Harvard University (MBA, LLB)

William Denman Eberle (June 5, 1923 – April 3, 2008) was an American politician and businessman from Idaho who held the office of Trade Representative from 1971 to 1974 under Presidents Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford.


Eberle was born in Boise, Idaho. He attended Boise High School, Stanford University and Harvard Law School. Eberle married the former Jean C. Quick and they had four children: Jeffrey, W. David, Francis Q. and Cilista C. Eberle.

Eberle was a co-founder of pulp and paper company Boise Cascade and was chief executive officer of manufacturing firm American Standard. From 1953 to 1961, he was a member of the Idaho House of Representatives.

Eberle served as Trade Representative during the Nixon and Ford administrations, from 1971 to 1974. During his time as chief trade negotiator, he pushed Europe and Japan to lower trade barriers. He also pressed trading partners to give American farmers and businesses more access to overseas markets.[1] He resigned and was succeed by Frederick B. Dent, who resigned as Commerce Secretary.

Eberle died of renal failure in Concord, Massachusetts on April 3, 2008.


  1. ^ Feder, Barnaby J. (2008-04-09). "William D. Eberle, Trade Representative for Nixon, Is Dead at 84". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2016-11-23.
Political offices
Preceded by
Carl Gilbert
United States Trade Representative
Succeeded by
Frederick Dent