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Benton, William

Born: 1900 AD
Died: 1973 AD, at 72 years of age.

Nationality: American
Categories: Businessmen, Educators, Politician, Publishers


1900 - Born on the 1st of April in Minneapolis, Minn., U.S.

1921 - He demonstrated an ability to write, became chairman of the Yale Record, and graduated.

1929 - He took on as partner Chester Bowles and founded the New York agency of Benton and Bowles.

1937 - Benton to come to the university as a vice president.

1945 - Benton resigned from the university to become U.S. assistant secretary of state.

         - He devoted sustained attention to Encyclopædia Britannica, Inc., which he led on an unprecedented course of acquisition and expansion.

1946 - He also lobbied the Fulbright Scholarship Act and the Foreign Service Act through Congress.

1949 - Appointed to a vacant U.S. Senate seat from Connecticut.

1950 - Benton won reelection to the remaining two years of that term.

1952 - He was defeated for a full term in the Republican electoral landslide.

         - He published the 54-volume Great Books of the Western World and Enciclopedia Barsa.

         - He set in motion joint ventures leading to the publication of major foreign encyclopaedias.

1963–1969 - Served as U.S. representative.

         - He acquired Compton's Pictured Encyclopedia, G. and C. Merriam Company.

1968 - Benton was honoured by the University of Chicago with the first William Benton Distinguished Service Medal.

1973 - Died on the 8th of March in New York.


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