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Hugh Samuel Johnson

Hugh Samuel Johnson



Hugh Samuel Johnson (1882–1942)
CLASS OF 1903

Aside from writing popular stories about military and western life, Johnson’s career in the frontier cavalry seemed routine until 1914. Then Judge Advocate General Enoch Crowder (Class of 1881) sent him to law school. Johnson assisted Crowder in planning and implementing the Selective Service System.

In 1918 Johnson moved to the War Department General Staff, working under quartermaster general George Goethals (1880) to reorganize army procurement. Representing Goethals on the War Industries Board, he contributed significantly to America’s first successful integration of military and industrial sectors behind a massive wartime buildup. In his wartime work, Johnson proved himself an able second-in-command.

Johnson resigned in 1919 to pursue a business career, but returned to public service in 1933 under the New Deal to head the National Recovery Administration.



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Hugh Lenox Scott




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Hugh Samuel Johnson
Hugh Samuel Johnson
1882–1942
Class of 1903



Hugh Lenox Scott
Hugh Lenox Scott
1853–1934
Class of 1876



Enoch Herbert Crowder
Enoch Herbert Crowder
1859–1932
Class of 1881





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