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Donald Clinton Power

Donald Clinton Power, lawyer, business executive. Recipient Ohio Governor Award, 1959; International Business Executive Year, 1959; American Success Story award Free Enterprise Awards Association 1961; elected to Indiana Telephone Hall of Fame, 1975. Trustee Committee Economic Development.


  • Power, Donald Clinton was born on December 25, 1899 in Paine Station, Ohio, United States. Son of George and Dorothy (Brooks) Power.

  • Education

    • Student Denison (O.) U., 1918-1920. Bachelor of Science, Ohio State University, 1922, Bachelor of Laws, 1926, Master of Arts, 1927. Doctor of Laws, Upsala College, 1958.

      Doctor Business Administration, Rio Grande College, 1959.


    • Admitted to O. bar, 1926. Assistant attorney general Ohio, attorney Public Utilities Commission Ohio, 1933-1936, instructor, assistant professor, associate professor (part time) Ohio State University, 1922-1939. Secretary to governor Ohio, 1939-1943.

      President, director General Telephone Corporation, 1951-1959, chairman, chief Executive officer General Telephone & electronics corporation (merger Sylvania Elec. Products, Inc. and General Telephone Corporation), 1959-1966, chairman, 1966-1971. Director Arnold Wholesale Corporation Surveyor Fund, Inc., Norton Simon, Inc., Charter New York Corporation, Jeffrey Company, American Manufacturers Mutual Curtiss-Wright Corporation, General Telephone Сompany Ohio, Copper Range Company, Irving Trust Company, Automatic Electric Company, B.C. Telephone Сompany, Sylvania Electric Products, Inc., General Telephone Сompany Florida, Anglo-Canadian Tel.

      Company, Brown Steel Company, Ohio State Life Insurance Company. Member Eastern advisory board Lumberman’s Mutual Casualty Company Vice chairman Ohio Adminstrative Law Commission, 1942-1946.


    • Author: The Law of Contracts Condensed, 1933.


    Denomination: Presbyn


    Member of the board of trustees Ohio State University, 1944-1951, Rio Grande College 1959-1979, University Tampa, 1959-1962. Lieutenant colonel, Ohio National Guard, 1940. Member Ohio Society New York (president 1965-1966), National Industrial Conference Board, American (chairman public utilities section 1956-1957), Ohio, Columbus bar associations, United States Indiana Telephone Association (president 1956-1957), Beta Gamma Sigma, Phi Delta Phi, Sigma Chi.

    Mason (32, Knights Templar, Shriner). Clubs: University, Athletic, Faculty, Scioto Country (Columbus).


    • Married Catherine Hamilton, July 23, 1927. Children: Jane (Mistress.
    • father: George Power
    • mother: Dorothy (Brooks) Power
    • spouse: Catherine Hamilton
    • child: Jane (Mrs Power
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    Born December 25, 1899
    Died March 11, 1979
    (aged 79)