George Edward Akerson


George Edward Akerson (September 5, 1889 – December 21, 1937) was an American journalist and politician. He was the first official White House Press Secretary.

George Edward Akerson
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1st White House Press Secretary
In office
March 4, 1929 – January 2, 1931
PresidentHerbert Hoover
Preceded byOffice Created
Succeeded byTheodore Goldsmith Joslin
Personal details
Born(1889-09-05)September 5, 1889
Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
DiedDecember 21, 1937(1937-12-21) (aged 48)
New York City, New York, USA

Akerson was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota on September 5, 1889. He studied at the University of Minnesota and Allegheny College. In 1910 Akerson started at Harvard University, later receiving a BA in Political Science in 1912.

Akerson married Harriet Blake, a Wellesley College graduate, on June 28, 1915. They had three sons.

Akerson developed kidney disease. He died on December 21, 1937 in New York City, New York, aged 48.

Further readingEdit

  • Moffett, L. W. "Akerson, Hoover's Right Hand Man, Surely Is The Boy Who Made Good." The Shield of Phi Kappa Psi (December 1929), pgs. 113-121.
  • "G. E. Akerson Dies; Ex-Aide to Hoover." New York Times (Dec. 22, 1937), pg. 25.

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