Benton, William Burnett
(1900-1973)
   Born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and educated at Shattuck Military Academy and Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota, William Benton graduated from Yale University in 1921 and entered advertising. In 1929, he established Benton & Bowles with Chester Bowles. In 1937, he became vice president of the University of Chicago and in 1943 was instrumental in the university’s acquisition of Encyclopedia Britannica, which he managed and later purchased. Benton served as assistant secretary of state from 1945 to 1947, and although a Democrat, was appointed to the U.S. Senate for Connecticut in 1949 to fill the post following the resignation of Republican incumbent Raymond Baldwin. Benton was an outspoken critic of Joseph McCarthy, who in turn labeled the Connecticut senator a communist sympathizer. As a result, Benton failed to win the election in 1952. He then concentrated on his publishing business, which expanded in 1964 when he took over Webster’s Dictionary. From 1963 until 1968 Benton was U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization in Paris.

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  • Benton, William (Burnett) — born April 1, 1900, Minneapolis, Minn., U.S. died March 18, 1973, New York, N.Y. U.S. publisher, advertising executive, and government official. A descendant of missionaries and educators, he founded, with Chester Bowles, the successful New York… …   Universalium

  • Benton, William (Burnett) — (1 abr. 1900, Minneapolis, Minn., EE.UU.–18 mar. 1973, Nueva York, N.Y.). Editor de publicaciones, ejecutivo de publicidad y funcionario de gobierno estadounidense. Descendiente de misioneros y educadores fundó en Nueva York, junto con Chester… …   Enciclopedia Universal

  • William Burnett Benton — (* 1. April 1900 in Minneapolis, Minnesota; † 18. März 1973 in New York City) war ein US amerikanischer Politiker (Demokratische Partei), der den Bundesstaat Connecticut im US Senat vertrat. Nach seiner Ausbildung an einer Militärakademie in… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Benton, William — ▪ United States senator and publisher in full  William Burnett Benton   born April 1, 1900, Minneapolis, Minn., U.S. died March 18, 1973, New York, N.Y.       American publisher of Encyclopædia Britannica (1943–73), advertising executive, and… …   Universalium

  • William B. Benton — William Burnett Benton (* 1. April 1900 in Minneapolis; † 18. März 1973 in New York City) war ein US amerikanischer Politiker (Demokratische Partei) aus dem Staat Connecticut. Nach seiner Ausbildung an einer Militärakademie in Faribault und am… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • William Benton — William Burnett Benton (* 1. April 1900 in Minneapolis; † 18. März 1973 in New York City) war ein US amerikanischer Politiker (Demokratische Partei) aus dem Staat Connecticut. Nach seiner Ausbildung an einer Militärakademie in Faribault und am… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Benton — /ben tn/, n. 1. Thomas Hart ( Old Bullion ), 1782 1858, U.S. political leader. 2. his grandnephew Thomas Hart, 1889 1975, U.S. painter and lithographer. 3. a city in central Arkansas. 17,437. * * * (as used in expressions) Benton Thomas Hart… …   Universalium

  • Burnett — /beuhr net /, n. Frances Hodgson /hoj seuhn/, 1849 1924, U.S. novelist, born in England. * * * (as used in expressions) Benton William Burnett Burnett Carol Burnett Frances Eliza Hodgson Compton Burnett Dame Ivy Tylor Sir Edward Burnett * * * …   Universalium

  • Burnett — (as used in expressions) Benton, William (Burnett) Burnett, Carol Burnett, Frances (Eliza) Hodgson Compton Burnett, Dame Ivy Tylor, Sir Edward Burnett …   Enciclopedia Universal

  • William — /wil yeuhm/, n. 1. a word formerly used in communications to represent the letter W. 2. a male given name: from Germanic words meaning will and helmet. * * * (as used in expressions) Huddie William Ledbetter Aberhart William George William… …   Universalium

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