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Alfred Whitney Griswold

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Alfred Whitney Griswold, American university president. Recipient of Guggenheim Fellowship, 1942, 45. Decorated Officer Legion Honor (French), Commander’s Cross (German). Trustee Hotchkiss School, Carnegie Foundation Advancement Teaching.


Griswold, Alfred Whitney was born on October 27, 1906 in Morristown, New Jersey, United States. Son of Harold Ely and Elsie M. (Whitney) Griswold.


Graduate Hotchkiss School, 1925. Bachelor of Arts, Yale, 1929, Doctor of Philosophy., 1933. Doctor of Humane Letters, Trinity College, 1950.

Doctor of Laws, Princeton University, 1950, Harvard University, 1950. Doctor of Letters, Jewish Theological Seminary of America, 1951. Doctor of Laws, Columbia, 1954, Brown U., 1954, University of Pennsylvania, 1956, Wesleyan University, 1956, Johns Hopkins, 1959, U. Bridgeport, 1961, Williams College, 1961.


Instructor in history Yale, 1933-1936, research assistant in international relations, 1935-1938, assistant professor government and international relations, 1938-1942, associate professor, political science, 1945-1946, associate professor of history, 1946-1947, professor history, 1947-1950. Director United States foreign area studies, 1942-1945, United States Civil Affairs Training School, 1943-1945. President Yale University, since 1950.


  • Author: The Far Eastern Policy of the United States, 1938. Farming and Democracy, 1948. Essays on Education, 1954.

    In the University Tradition, 1957. Liberal Education and the Democratic Ideal, 1959, review 1962.


Married Mary M. Brooks, June 10, 1930. Children: Sarah Brooks, (Mistress Richard G. Leahy), Mary (Mistress James B. Baker), Susanna Whitney, Alfred Whitney.

Harold Ely Griswold

Elsie M. (Whitney) Griswold

Mary M. Brooks

Sarah Brooks Griswold

(Mistress Richard G. Leahy) Griswold

Mary Griswold (Mistress James B. Baker)

Susanna Whitney Griswold

Alfred Whitney Griswold