Henry Merritt Wriston (1889-1978)

Henry Merritt Wriston (1889-1978) advanced the ideals of liberal education and internationalism throughout his distinguished life as a dynamic speaker, prolific author, professor, college president, and foreign policy expert.

A graduate of Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut, Wriston returned to his alma mater as a professor of history before becoming president of Lawrence College in Appleton, Wisconsin and Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island. In addition, Wriston served in advisory roles in Washington, D.C. and is considered the architect of the reorganization of the Foreign Service of the State Department.

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