John Ward Studebaker was also Chairman of the U.S. Radio Education Committee, the longest tenure of any education commissioner
John Ward Studebaker served as U.S. Commissioner of Education, was also Chairman of the U.S. Radio Education Committee, the longest tenure of any education commissioner. Studebaker was born in Iowa, was appointed first Commissioner of Education in 1934 by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, served for the remainder of Roosevelt, was known best while Commissioner of Education. Studebaker published Plain Talk and The American Way maintained membership in the bricklayers's union, was a member of the Methodist church, Shriner s and the Mason s, died in Walnut Creek in 1989.
Role was a also member of a wartime committee, the author of many articles was awarded honorary doctor of laws degrees in 1934 by Drake University.