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Lawyer , United States Secretary of the Army

Stephen Ailes, American lawyer. Bar: West Virginia bar 1936, District of Columbia Bar 1946. Emeritus trustee Princeton University, Episcopal High School; emeritus trustee Federal City Council; chairman board trustees National Rehabilitation Hospital; former trustee Maryland chapter Nature Conservancy. Member Bar Association District of Columbia, American, Federal bar associations, District of Columbia Bar, West Virginia Bar.

Background

Ailes, Stephen was born on March 25, 1912 in Romney, West Virginia, United States. Son of Eugene Elliot and Sallie (Cornwell) Ailes.

Education

He received his undergraduate education at Princeton University, and attended the law school of West Virginia University, where he was a member of Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity. He attended the Scarborough School in New York with his brother, and later attended Episcopal High School in Alexandria, Virginia and graduated in 1929. He graduated from Princeton University in 1933 and received his law degree from West Virginia University in 1936.

Career

He served as the United States Under Secretary of the Army from February 9, 1961 to January 28, 1964 and as United States Secretary of the Army from January 28, 1964 to July 1, 1965. He was admitted to the West Virginia bar in 1936. He was appointed assistant professor of law at West Virginia University, 1937 – 1940.

He was prevented from military service due to color blindness. But later he was hired at the Office of Price Administration in 1942 until 1946. He served as counsel to the American Economic Mission to Greece in 1947, and then returned to private practice at Steptoe & Johnson in 1948.

Beforce entering government services. Ailes served as Under Secretary of the Army, 9 February 1961 until 28 January 1964 and he was then promoted to Secretary of the Army until 1 July 1965. He is oft credited as the driving force for the creation of the United States Army Drill Sergeant program.

He conducted a far-reaching survey over time that included a wide variety of experienced personnel across all the services and the results contained five principal findings, with appropriate recommendations and suggestions for eliminating the problems encountered. The Training and Doctrine Command's annual Drill Sergeant of the Year award is named after Ailes.

Achievements

  • Bar: West Virginia bar 1936, District of Columbia Bar 1946.

Membership

Emeritus trustee Princeton University, Episcopal High School. Emeritus trustee Federal City Council. Chairman board trustees National Rehabilitation Hospital.

Former trustee Maryland chapter Nature Conservancy. Member Bar Association District of Columbia, American, Federal bar associations, District of Columbia Bar, West Virginia Bar. Clubs: Chevy Chase (Maryland).

Burning Tree (Bethesda, Maryland). Metropolitan (Washington), Alfalfa (Washington), Alibi (Washington), 1925 F St. (Washington).

Connections

Married Helen Wales, June 24, 1939. Children– Hester A. Nettles, Stephen Cornwell, Walter Brady, Richard Arvine.

father:
Eugene Elliot Ailes

mother:
Sallie (Cornwell) Ailes

spouse:
Helen Wales

child:
Walter Brady Ailes

child:
Hester A. Nettles Ailes

child:
Stephen Cornwell Ailes

child:
Richard Arvine Ailes