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Joseph Henri DeWitt

Joseph Henri DeWitt, American parole official.


  • DeWitt, Joseph Henri was born on March 15, 1888 in Duluth, Minnesota, United States. Son of Henri and Bertha (Heising) DeW.

  • Education

    • Bachelor of Science, University Minnesota, 1910.


    • Assistant instructor University Minnesota, 1911-1912. Director parole Minnesota State Training School for Boys, 1912-1917. State parole officer Minnesota State Board Parole, State Prison and State Reformatory, 1921-1930.

      Supervisor Minnesota State Parole and Probation Department, 1930-1943. Agent United States Secret Service, St. Paul, 1944. Chief International Security, War Relocation Authority, Washington, 1945.

      Chairman United States Army Clemency and Parole Board, Washington, 1946-1948. Member United States Board Parole, 1949-1954. Administrative officer Foreign Claims Settlement Commission, 1954-1960.

      Member District of Columbia Board Parole, from 1960.


    1st lieutenant United States Army, 1918-1919. Member American Prison Association, National Parole and Probation Association, International Association Chiefs Police, American Legion, Minnesota State Mental Hygiene Society, United Community Services Washington, Minnesota Alumni Association, Boys' Club Metropolitan Police, Kenwood Golf and Country Club (Bethesda, Maryland), Washington Figure Skating Club, Phi Delta Chi.


    • Married Magdalen A. Rosskopf, December 26, 1924.
    • father: Henri DeW.
    • mother: Bertha (Heising) DeW.
    • spouse: Magdalen A. Rosskopf
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    Born March 15, 1888
    • 1910
      University Minnesota
    • 1911 - 1912
      Assistant, instructor University Minnesota
    • 1912 - 1917
      director, parole Minnesota State Training School for Boys