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Sam Maurice Ballard

advertising executive

Sam Maurice Ballard, American advertising executive. Member Sigma Delta Chi (life; Club: Union League (New York City).


Ballard, Sam Maurice was born on February 18, 1902 in Elwood, Indiana, United States. Son of Hugh Davis and Florence M. (Parker) Ballard.


Student in public schools Elwood.


Reporter, telegraph editor, city editor various newspapers, Indiana and O., 1919-1923. City editor Miami (Florida) Daily News, 1924-1925. Editor Daytona Beach (Florida) Journal, 1926.

Public relations National Cash Register Company, Dayton, O., 1927-1928. Manager advertising and sales promotion Delco Appliance Corporation, Rochester, New York, 1929-1933, also member advertising committee General Motors. Advertising copy group head on Hudson Motor Car advertising, Brooke, Smith & French, Detroit, 1934-1937.

Vice president Gardner Advertising Company, St. Louis and New York City, 1937-1952. Executive vice president, general manager, director Geyer Advertising, Inc., New York City, 1952-1956, president, general manager, director, 1956-1963. President Geyer, Morey, Ballard, Inc.

On special duty as civilian advisory Navy Department during development Navy “E” program for industry, Washington, 1938. Publicity chairman St. Louis War Chest, Navy Relief, 2d war loan campaigns during World World War World War II Special assistant to Republican chairman Joseph W. Martin, Junior during Willkie campaign.


  • Author articles advertising trade journals.


Member Sigma Delta Chi (life. Club: Union League (New York City).


Married Lydia Anne Foster, July 7, 1926. Children: Monica Florence, Foster Hugh.

Hugh Davis Ballard

Florence M. (Parker) Ballard

Lydia Anne Foster

Monica Florence Ballard

Foster Hugh Ballard