Nebraska Authors

J. Lee Rankin

AKA: James Lee Rankin

Born 1907-07-08 Hartington, NE (USA)

Died 1996-06-26
Santa Cruz, CA (USA)

Santa Cruz, CA (USA)
Santa Cruz Memorial Park

Rankin, Born in Hartington, Nebraska and educated at the University of Nebraska's College of Law, served as Solicitor General from 1956 to 1961. In 1952, Rankin managed the Dwight Eisenhower for President campaign in Nebraska and in 1953, Eisenhower selected Rankin to serve as United States Assistant Attorney General. Rankin may best be remembered for arguing in favor of the African-American plaintiffs in Brown v. Board of Education advocating that the doctrine of "separate-but-equal" facilities for blacks and whites was unconstitutional.

Places Lived

Hartington, NE
Lincoln, NE
Washington, D.C.
New York, NY
Weston, CT
Los Gatos, CA

Author Of

  • Nonfiction


Cooper Foundation; Local History; Lincoln, Nebraska


University of Nebraska College of Law


Solicitor General of the United States, August 4, 1956 – January 23, 1961
New York City Corporation Counsel (1966-1972)

Places Worked

Beghtol, Foe and Rankin
United States Government
City of New York


“150 Notable Nebraskans”, Number 94 on the Journal Star Sesquicentennial List of Significant Nebraskans


The Cooper Foundation Story. 1981.

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