Nebraska Authors

Samuel Brownell

AKA: Samuel Miller Brownell

Born 1900-04-03 Peru, NE (USA)

Died 1990-10-12
New Haven, CT (USA)

Hamden, CT (USA)
Whitneyville Cemetery

Son of Nebraska author Herbert Brownell and brother of Herbert Brownell, Jr., Samuel Brownell was a champion of education throughout his illustrious career. Starting as a professor at Peru State College in Nebraska, Samuel went on to teach as a Professor at Yale University, was named President of New Haven State Teachers College in Connecticut, and served as the United States Commissioner on Education.

Places Lived

Peru, NE
Lincoln, NE
New Haven, CT
Washington DC
Detroit, MI

Author Of

  • Nonfiction




High School Diploma, Lincoln High School, Lincoln, NE
Bachelor of Arts Degree, 1921, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE
Master of Arts Degree, Yale University, New Haven, CT
Ph.D., Yale University, New Haven CT


College President, New Haven State Teachers College, New Haven CT
United States Commissioner of Education
Superintendent of Schools, Detroit, MI
Advocate for American Education

Places Worked

Peru State College, Peru NE
Yale University, New Haven CT
New Haven State Teacher's College, New Haven, CT
United States Commissioner on Education, Washington D.C.
Superintendent of Schools, Detroit, MI


Named U.S. Commissioner of Education by President Dwight Eisenhower 1953-56
Honorary Doctor of Law Degree from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE


Brother of Herbert Brownell Jr., U.S. Attorney General during Eisenhower's presidency
The United States Office of Education was reorganized under his direction


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