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Figure Our changing altitude THE Personality of an Age BRIEFLY TOLD A graduate of West Point with subsequent A.B. and J.D. from U. of California, Johnson held commands both in the infantry and cavalry, including posts in the Philippines and in Mexico where he served under General Pershing as Judge Advocate. During this period he doubled his income by writing articles and stories for current magazines. Made Provost Marshall at the time of our participation in the World War, he showed extraordinary resourcefulness in conceiving and carrying out the Selective Draft Law. Repeatedly sought by Gen. Pershing as one of his staff in the A. E. F., he was withheld to take charge of Army Purchase and to act as representative for the Army on the War Industries Board, then in complete control of industry. At the close of the war he resigned from the Army and went into private industry as chief counsel of Moline Plow Company and later as associate of Bernie Baruch, financier and industrialist. From these vast and varied sources he came singularly equipped to the gigantic task of Recovery Administrator of N.R.A., where he captured the imagination of the U. S. and the whole world by codifying industry within a year's time. In June, 1935, following hard upon the heels of his resignation from N.R.A., the President prevailed upon him to accept the difficult position of Administrator of Works Progress for the City of New York. (See Who's Who for further data). FORUM General Johnson will answer written questions in forums following his addresses. There will be seen the rapid-fire brilliance which has always characterized his press conferences. Redpath Bureau presents GENERAL HUGH S. JOHNSON for a Limited Number of Speaking Engagements This photograph, taken during Gen. Johnson's address at St. Louis, is typical of the throngs which fill every available inch whenever he is scheduled to speak Brigadier General—O. R. C. HUGH S. JOHNSON The Eyes of the World Follow This Leader of Men A moving figure in the thick of every combat—pressed into his country's service whenever the emergncy is greatest. A strong man with shoulders broad enough for burdens lesser men shirk; stupendous burdens of creative need; projects requiring wide understanding and the power of healthy discipline. Gen. Johnson captivates the fancy of his fellowmen, holds their interest, commands their respect. Front page news, year in and year out, his appearance in a community is cause for public demonstration. Greatest speaker of this generation, he draws capacity crowds. The public knows that the opportunity seldom comes to feel the power of so dynamic a personality: to hear his views, to observe and to marvel at the driving force and courage which have always impelled him to struggle with his country's problems. Recognized Since Youth as a Creative Genius in Progressive Policies. In those earliest days, after his graduation from West Point, Hugh Johnson showed conspicuous ability as an organizer and as a creative genius in the promotion of progressive policies. A youthful second lieutenant at the time of the calamitous San Franscisco earthquake, he suddenly found himself acting quartermaster, feeding, clothing and sheltering 17,000 destitute people, with a congressional appropriation of $3,000,000. The way he acquitted himself is a matter of history. In the vice-infected island of Luzon, after exhaustive research, he instituted health measures which our Medical Corps carried on in the World War with unprecedented results. During the long delay on the Mexican border he instituted drastic recreational programs, thereby relieving a very real crisis. Subsequently, acting upon instructions, he completed a three-year law course in nineteen months. Such was his preparation for the World War—where his daring conception and brilliant administration of the Selective Draft stands out as an unparalleled accomplishment in military history—and for his office as Administrator, organizing American industry under the N.R.A. General Johnson's broadcasts are estimated to average a greater public than any other speaker. FAMILY STUFF One cannot know the real Hugh Johnson without realizing something of his background. In his recent book. The Blue Eagle From Egg to Earth, one sees how deep are his roots in the soil of his country. He says of his grandfather, Samuel Johnson … was mustered in as Captain and marched off to the Civil War … My boy, Lieut. Pat Johnson, has his great grandfather's sword, epaulets and sash, his grandfather's belt and sword, and his father's saber. Hugh Johnson, born at Fort Scott, Kansas, knew the trials and privations of a pioneer family; his father, educated at law but by nature a settler, moved periodically Westward. Johnson's account of a bitter winter passed in a sod house where wolves howled at night, of the boom at Wichita, the great race at the Cherokee Strip, his father's discovery of oil at Alva, are absorbing reading. Thru all these viscisitudes his mother persisted in teaching him the classics in literature and a love of good music. In this book one finds the dedication: WITH LOVE TO MOM Gen. Johnson will discuss those phases of national economics, industry and government which are of greatest interest at the time these lectures are delivered. Figure WRITINGS Millions read his messages in magazines and syndicate stories. Insistent demand for this material indicates that no other writer on national and international conditions is followed with such eagerness and confidence. BROADCASTS When the need of national understanding and coöperation is acute it falls to the lot of Gen. Johnson to explain, via a national broadcast. These broadcasts have become an event in the lives of multitudes of people, both here and overseas. LECTURES Now he has decided to visit such communities in person as time will permit. A succession of speaking engagements is being planned. Since public duties cannot wait upon such a tour, a restricted personal staff will accompany him—expenses to be realized from his lecture fees. DIRECTION C. E. Backman REDPATH BUREAU Kimball Building Chicago, Ill.
|Title||The personality of an age|
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|Personal Name Subject||Johnson, Hugh S.|
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