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Milton Stover Eisenhower

Updated on December 1, 2016

Milton Eisenhower was an American educator and public official. He served as president of three universities and, in the late 1960's, as chairman of a presidential commission on the prevention of violence. He was a younger brother of General Dwight D. Eisenhower, 34th president of the United States.

Milton Eisenhower was born in Abilene, Kansas, on September 15, 1899. He graduated from Kansas State College (now University) in 1924. In 1928 he joined the U. S. Department of Agriculture, eventually becoming its director of information. At the outbreak of World War II he was made director of the War Relocation Authority and supervised the evacuation of Japanese-Americans from strategic West Coast centers. Later in 1942 he became associate director of the Office of War Information, a new agency formed to amalgamate various federal information services according to a plan that he had drawn up himself.

In 1943, Eisenhower resigned to become president of Kansas State College, where he served until 1950, when he was named president of Pennsylvania State University. He accepted the presidency of Johns Hopkins University in 1956, retiring in 1967. During his years of academic leadership, he was on frequent call to Washington, serving as special presidential ambassador for Latin American affairs and in many other capacities. In 1968 he was appointed chairman of the President's Commission on the Causes and Prevention of Violence, whose report emphasized the necessity of action to improve urban life and curb crime.


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