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Leland Rex Robinson

economist , educator , business executive.

Leland Rex Robinson, economist, educator, business executive. Recipient Presidential Citation; Rosette Order Brilliant Star (China); Companion, Royal Order of Homayun (Iran), 1957.


Robinson, Leland Rex was born on June 12, 1893 in Athens, Pennsylvania, United States. Son of William Oscar and Minnie Wright (Smith) Robinson.


Student Hillsdale (Michigan) College, 1911-1912. Bachelor of Arts, Columbia, 1915, Doctor of Philosophy., 1923.


New York City Board of Education and Academy Arts and Sciences, 1915-1917, 1920-1921. Member American Persian Relief Commission, 1918-1919, director American Relief at Teheran, Persia, 1919. Assistant director United States Bureau Foreign and Domestic Commerce, Washington, 1921-1922.

American financial trade commissioner, London, 1922-1923. Exchange, and Westinghouse professor in Italy, 1923-1925. President Second International Securities Corporation, International Securities Corporation American, United States and British International Limited company, until November 1935 when merged into American General Corporation of which was chairman investment advising committee, 1936-1937.

Adviser Higher Education New York State Department Education (1941-1942). Moderator radio programs American Bar Association (1944-1945). Chairman Bishop’s Service, Inc.

Former lecturer School Business, Columbia, emeritus professor political economy New York University. Advisory council department oriental langs. and literature Princeton.


  • Author: Foreign Credit Facilities in the United Kingdom, 1923. (in Italian) Economic and Spiritual Forces in the Development of the United States, 1925. Investment Trust Organization and Management, 1926, 29.

    Also contributor to financial and science periodicals. Editor, contributor: An Introduction to Modern Economics, 1952.


Member Department International Affairs, National Council Churches. Member Executive Committee American Council Vol. Agilysys Foreign Service.

Member Commission to Study Organisation of Peace. Member Alien Enemy Hearing Board, 1943-1945. Fellow Royal Economics Society (England), American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Member American Economics Association, Academy Political Science, Council Foreign Relations, Pilgrims, Phi Beta Kappa Associates, Pi Gamma Museum. Member Dutch Reformed Church. Clubs: University, Quill (New York City).


Married Helen Rogers Ball, September 22, 1924. Children: Leland Ball (deceased), Lucius Ashley, Sarah Rogers (Mistress.

William Oscar Robinson

Minnie Wright (Smith) Robinson

Helen Rogers Ball

Leland Ball Robinson (deceased)

Lucius Ashley Robinson

Sarah Rogers (Mrs Robinson