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Anslinger, Harry Jacob

Born: 1892 AD
Died: 1975 AD
Nationality: American
Categories: Police Officer

1892 – Born on May 20th in Altoona, Pennsylvania. American law enforcement officer.

         – Known for his almost fanatical crusade against marijuana (which he decried as "Mexican opium") and its users.

1913-1915 – He attended Pennsylvania State College.

1918 – Anslinger served in the U.S. Government.

         – He held consular posts in The Netherlands, Germany, Venezuela, and the Bahamas.

1926 – Anslinger was the commissioner of the Treasury Department’s Bureau of Narcotics, chief of Division of Foreign Control.

1929 – Was an assistant commissioner of prohibition.

1930 – Became the Commissioner of the U.S. Bureau of Narcotics.

         – He was the U.S. representative at League of Nations conferences on narcotics, and served on the United Nations Narcotic Drugs Commission.

         – He received his LL.B. from American University.

1953 – In ‘The Traffic in Narcotics’, Anslinger and co-author William F. Tompkins outline the basics of the drug problem in America and detail possible methods of slowing the drug traffic and reducing the number of addicts.

1958 – Selected as one of ten outstanding career men in federal government service by National Civil Service League.

1959 – Received the Alumni Recognition Award, American University.

1961 – ‘The Murderers: The Story of the Narcotic Gangs’, written by Anslinger and Will Oursler, presents a number of case histories in which narcotics officers fight the smuggling efforts of drug gangs.

1975 – Died of heart failure on November 14th in Holidayburg, Pennsylvania.