Henry Merritt Wriston

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Henry Merritt Wriston

Birth
Laramie, Albany County, Wyoming, USA
Death 8 Mar 1978 (aged 88)
New York, New York County (Manhattan), New York, USA
Burial Springfield, Hampden County, Massachusetts, USA
Memorial ID 41853587 · View Source
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Henry Merritt Wriston was born in Laramie, Wyoming, the son of a Methodist minister and a schoolteacher. He received his BA in 1911 from Wesleyan University and returned there for his MA He earned his PhD in political science from Harvard University.

He was the eighth president of Lawrence University from 1925 to 1937. His term was marked by the improvement of the curriculum, faculty, and library collections.

He was President of Brown University between 1937 and 1955. Following a change in the university's charter, he was the first president who was not a Baptist minister in the 175 years of the college.

He served as President of the Council on Foreign Relations between 1951 and 1964. He also served as President of the American Assembly until 1963 and served on the Board of Trustees of the World Peace Foundation. In 1961, President Dwight D. Eisenhower appointed Wriston to the Chairmanship of the President's Commission on National Goals. Wriston was also an adviser to President Eisenhower, a member of the United States Department of State's Advisory Committee on Foreign Service, and Chairman of the Historical Advisory Committee to the Chief of Military History for the United States Department of the Army.

He is the father of Walter Wriston, former chairman and CEO of Citibank.


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  • Created by: Beckie Cross
  • Added: 11 Sep 2009
  • Find A Grave Memorial 41853587
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Henry Merritt Wriston (4 Jul 1889–8 Mar 1978), Find A Grave Memorial no. 41853587, citing Oak Grove Cemetery, Springfield, Hampden County, Massachusetts, USA ; Maintained by Beckie Cross (contributor 47069479) .