On September 1, 1971, George D. Cary was appointed the seventh Register of Copyrights, succeeding Abraham L. Kaminstein. He began his service in the U.S. Copyright Office as an attorney in April 1947, and was promoted to assistant chief of the Examining Division, principal legal advisor, and general counsel. Cary became deputy Register in 1961, and served for 10 years before his appointment as Register. From the History of Copyright Timeline at the U.S. Copyright Office.