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Donald Clinton Power

lawyer , business executive.

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.


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.


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.

George Power

Dorothy (Brooks) Power

Catherine Hamilton

Jane (Mrs Power