Nebraska Authors

Herbert Brownell, Jr.

Born 1904-02-20 Peru, NE (USA)

Died 1996-05-01
Manhattan, NY (USA)

Mendham, NJ (USA)
Hilltop Cemetery

Herbert Brownell Jr. was the son of Professor Herbert Brownell of the University of Nebraska, a Nebraska educator and author. After graduating from the University of Nebraska in 1924, Brownell Jr. attended Yale University where he received his law degree. He went on to become an important member of the Republican Party in New York, helping Thomas Dewey to win the the election for Governor of New York in 1942. Brownell Jr. also encouraged General Dwight Eisenhower to run for the presidency. Eisenhower appointed Brownell Jr. as the United States Attorney General in 1953. Brownell was involved in several civil rights cases, including Brown vs. Board of Education in 1954. Herbert Brownell Jr. also drafted the proposal that became the Civil Rights Act of 1957. Brownell Jr. continued to serve his country as United States Representative to the Permanent Court of Arbitration in the mid-1970s. Brownell authored a book about his experiences working in the Eisenhower Administration with Advising Ike: The Memoirs of Attorney General Herbert Brownell.

Places Lived

Peru, NE
Lincoln, NE
New York, NY
Flower Hill, NY
Washington, D.C.
Manhattan, NY

Author Of

  • Nonfiction


Politics; Government - United States; Eisenhower, Dwight D.; Memoirs


Bachelor's Degree, 1924, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE
Law Degree, 1927, Yale Law School, New Haven, CT


Campaign Manager
Republican Party National Committee, Chairman
US Attorney General 1953-57
Campaign Manager
State Legislator, New York
United States Attorney General under Dwight D. Eisenhower

Places Worked

Lord Day and Lord Law Firm, New York, NY
New York State Assembly
Campaign Manager for Thomas Dewey, Governor of New York Election, 1942
Campaign Manager for Thomas Dewey, President of the United States Election, 1946
United States Government, Attorney General's Office (1953-1957)
United States Representative to the Permanent Court of Arbitration (1972-1974)


Phi Beta Kappa
Innocents Society
Republican Party
New York City Bar Association, President


Advising Ike: The Memoirs of Attorney General Herbert Brownell. with John P. Burke, 1993.

We appreciate corrections and additions to our information about authors, but please read the following guidelines and caveats carefully.

  • The Nebraska Authors database is based on publicly available sources. Unless you are the author contacting us in person, it helps us if you cite the source or sources of your information. We cannot include unsourced information in the database.
  • We may be appreciative of information we choose not to include in the publicly available database.
  • To include an image on an author profile, please send jpg attachment to nebraskaauthors@lincoln.ne.gov. A photo-release agreement is required before the image will be published on this site.
  • Because of the way we are staffed, expect corrections or additions to take time, sometimes up to three months.
  • While we initially included some actual links to external URLs in the database, we will in the future no longer provide functioning links. We will instead record the presence of specific external materials in language that we hope will help intelligent users find it themselves. Web rot, in which actual materials remain online but undergo changes in their URLs, is too demanding in terms of staff time for us to hope to keep external links current.

Please copy, fill out the form below, and email it to NebraskaAuthors@lincoln.ne.gov to suggest a change.

Herbert Brownell, Jr.

Do you have corrections for the above information or other information to add?:

(e.g. Author is buried in Fremont, not in David City / Also wrote for the Daily Nebraskan during her time as a student)