Douglas, Paul, 1892-1976

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Birth 1892-03-26
Death 1976-09-24

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From the description of Reminiscences of Paul Howard Douglas : oral history, 1975. (Columbia University In the City of New York). WorldCat record id: 309732848

From the description of Reminiscences of Paul Howard Douglas : oral history, 1957. (Columbia University In the City of New York). WorldCat record id: 122527416

U.S. Senator (Democrat, Illinois).

From the description of Paul H. Douglas papers, 1932-1971. (Chicago History Museum). WorldCat record id: 717289444

Economist, U.S. Senator. Born 1892. A.B., Bowdoin College, 1913; A.M., Columbia University, 1915; Ph. D., 1921. Instructor, University of Illinois, 1916-1917; instructor and assistant professor, Reed College, 1917-1918; associate professor, University of Washington, 1919-1920. Assistant professor of industrial relations, University of Chicago, 1920-1923; associate professor, 1923-1925; professor, 1925-1949. U.S. Senator (D-Ill.), 1949-1967. Died 1976.

From the description of Letters, 1938-1946. (University of Chicago Library). WorldCat record id: 122464724

Paul H. Douglas was born on March 26, 1892 in Salem, Essex County, Massachusetts. He attended public school in Newport, Maine. Douglas received a B.A. from Bowdoin College (1913), an A.M. from Columbia University (1915), and a Ph.D. in 1921. Douglas also studied at Harvard University from 1915 to 1916. He taught economics at the University of Illinois from 1916 to 1917, leaving in 1917 to become an instructor and assistant professor at Reed College. In 1919 Douglas became an associate professor at the University of Washington. In 1920 Douglas arrived at the University of Chicago, where he became an assistant professor of industrial relations. In 1923 he became an associate professor, and in 1925 a full professor.

Douglas left teaching to serve in the United States Marine Corps from 1942 to 1945. He joined as a private, but rose to the rank of lieutenant colonel. Douglas returned to the University of Chicago to teach until 1949. In 1948 Douglas ran for United States Senator in Illinois was elected as a Democrat. He was re-elected in 1954 and again in 1960, serving from January 3, 1949 to January 3, 1967. He lost a bid for re-election in 1966. Douglas served as chairman of the Joint Committee on the Economic Report (Eighty-fourth Congress), chairman of the Joint Economic Committee (eighty-sixth and Eighty-eighth Congresses), chairman of the President’s Committee on Urban Affairs (1967-1969), and chairman of the Committee on Tax Reform (1969).

Paul H. Douglas died on September 24, 1976 in Washington, D.C.

From the guide to the Douglas, Paul H. Papers, 1918-1924, (Special Collections Research Center University of Chicago Library 1100 East 57th Street Chicago, Illinois 60637 U.S.A.)


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