US Government Official. He served as the first Director of the Central Intelligence Agency (then known as the Central Intelligence Group) during the Administration of President Harry S. Truman in 1946. He studied at Purdue University and later Miami University, prior to becoming successful in the business world. He served as president of the Piggly Wiggly store chain and was later involved with American Airlines and the National Linen Service Corporation. He served with the United States Naval Reserves and rose to the rank of rear admiral during World War II, which led to his being named Deputy Chief of Naval Intelligence. After the war, President Truman dismantled the Office of Strategic Services (the precursor to the Central Intelligence Agency) and appointed Admiral Souers in 1946 to serve as the first director of the then Central Intelligence Group. Souers played a major role in laying the foundation for the Central Intelligence Agency. After the National Security Act was established in 1947, Admiral Souers became the first Executive Secretary of the National Security Council and remained at that capacity during the Truman Administration until 1950. He went on to serve as a consultant on military matters until Truman left office in 1953.
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Silvia N. Souers