John T. Koehler Papers

Dates: 1949-1951

Assistant Secretary of the Navy, 1949-1951

The papers of John T. Koehler mostly consist of speeches he delivered as Assistant Secretary of the Navy. Also included are scripts for radio or television broadcasts and documents regarding his appointment and resignation as Assistant Secretary.

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ADMINISTRATIVE INFORMATION

Size: Less than one linear foot (about 500 pages).
Access: Open.
Copyright: At the time of his death, Koehler donated to the United States his literary property rights in his writings in all papers at the Harry S. Truman Library. Documents created by U.S. government officials in the course of their duties are also in the public domain. Copyright interests in other documents presumably belong to the creators of those documents, or their heirs.
Processed by: Harry Clark Jr. (1965).
Updated by: Dennis Brammeier (2007). as part of the Truman Library Internship Program.
Supervising Archivists: Randy Sowell and David Clark.


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BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH

1904 (March 14)

 

Born, North Braddock, Pennsylvania

1926

 

A.B., Princeton University

1930

 

LL.B., Harvard Law School

1933-1934

 

Special Attorney, U.S. Treasury Department.

1934-1935

 

Special Assistant to the Attorney General of the U.S.

1935-1941

 

Attorney, Baltimore, Maryland

1942-1945

 

Lt. Commander and Commander, U.S. Navy; awarded Silver Star Medal for service with Underwater Demolition Team in the Marshall Islands

1946-1949

 

Counsel, Bureau of Ships, and Assistant General Counsel, Navy Department

1949-1951

 

Assistant Secretary of the Navy

1950

 

Acting Chairman, Federal Maritime Board

1951-1953

 

Chairman, Renegotiation Board

1970-1989

 

Attorney, Washington, D.C.

1989 (September 23)

 

Died, Chevy Chase, Maryland.

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COLLECTION DESCRIPTION

The John T. Koehler papers are primarily composed of speeches delivered by Koehler while he was Assistant Secretary of the Navy from 1949 to 1951.

Many of the speeches pertain to Navy logistics and procurement. Koehler’s main responsibility as Assistant Secretary was to keep the Navy supplied with what it needed. Other speeches deal with scientific research, the Merchant Marine, and the Navy’s involvement in the Korean War.

The collection also contains information on his appointment and resignation as Assistant Secretary, as well as scripts for television or radio broadcasts featuring Koehler.

Further information on Koehler and the Navy during the Truman Administration can be found at the Truman Library in the papers of Harry S. Truman (Presidents Personal File 5602 and Official Files 3160 and 1285-C), John L Sullivan, Francis P. Matthews, and Dan A. Kimball.

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SERIES DESCRIPTIONS

Container Nos.

 

Series

1

  SUBJECT FILE, 1949-1951.
Speeches by John T. Koehler during his tenure as Assistant Secretary of the Navy, and other documents. Arranged alphabetically.
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FOLDER TITLE LIST

SUBJECT FILE, 1949-1951

Box 1

  • Appointment Data - Assistant Secretary of the Navy
  • Speeches – Miscellaneous, 1949
  • Speeches – Miscellaneous, 1950-1951
  • Speeches – Miscellaneous, 1951
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