Anslinger, Harry Jacob
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.
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