Brookings, Robert Somers
1850 - Born on January 22nd in Cecil County, Maryland. Business executive and philanthropist.
- He began as a clerk and later salesman for Cupples & Marston., manufacturers and distributors of woodenware.
1871 - He became a partner in the firm at age twenty-one.
- He served on the new War Industries Board as commissioner of Finished Products and Chairman of the Price Fixing Committee.
1916 - He helped found the Brookings Institution in Washington DC, for the study of public affairs, becoming its first chairman.
1927 - Married to Isabel Valle January on June 19th.
- Brookings' dream of an independent research institution devoted to solving problems of government and the economy became a reality with the merger of the Robert Brookings Graduate School, the Institute of Economics, and the original Institute for Government Research.
1932 - Died on November 15th in Washington, D.C.
- He wrote the nonfiction books, Industrial Ownership, Economic Democracy and The Way Forward.
- He achieved remarkable results under very difficult circumstances, and for his war service he was recognized with the U.S. Distinguished Service Medal, the French Legion of Honor, and Italy's Commander of the Crown.
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