Unusual Degree…

“Leadership, if the word has any meaning at all, is a characteristic which inheres in individuals who have energy, faith, and ability in unusual degree.”

Henry M. Writson (1889 to 1978)

Henry Merritt Wriston was an American educator, presidential advisor, and served as president at both Brown University and Lawrence University.

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.


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