John Sloan Dickey

President, 1945-1970

Regularly welcoming freshmen at Convocation with the phrase "your business here is learning," John Sloan Dickey was committed to making Dartmouth the best liberal arts college in the country. A graduate of Dartmouth (1929) and Harvard Law School, he had a varied career before assuming the presidency: partner at a major Boston law firm, special assistant to the Assistant Secretary of State and later to the Secretary of State, a member of the Office of Inter-American Affairs and the division of World Trade Intelligence, and Director of the State Department's Office of Public Affairs. Even after he assumed office in 1945 he was a principal actor in public policy, serving on President Truman's 1947 Committee on Civil Rights, the United Nations Collective Measures Committee in 1951, and as consultant to Secretary of State Acheson on disarmament.

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Portrait Artist & Donor Information

Peter Michael Gish, John Sloan Dickey, 1981
Oil on canvas
Hood Museum of Art
Gift of an Anonymous Donor
Hood Museum Object Number: P.981.57