Lyle H. Lanier

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Lyle H. Lanier
Born 1903
Died 1988
Nationality American
Education Vanderbilt University
Occupation Professor, University President, Author
Employer Vanderbilt University
University of Illinois
American Council of Education
Title Dr

Lyle H. Lanier (1903–1988) was an American author, professor, and university administrator.[1][2] He is perhaps best known for his contribution to the volume I'll Take My Stand: The South and the Agrarian Tradition as a member of the Southern Agrarians.[1]


Early life[edit]

Lyle H. Lanier was born in 1903.[2] He graduated from Vanderbilt University in 1923, and went on to receive an M.A. and a PhD from Peabody College in 1924 and 1926.[2]


From 1929 to 1938, he taught psychology at Vanderbilt University, where he became a Southern Agrarian and contributed to the volume I'll Take My Stand: The South and the Agrarian Tradition.[1][2] In an essay entitled, 'Big Business in the Property State', he argued against the definition of a corporation as an individual.[3] He was also in favour of collective bargaining.[3] Indeed, he was in favour of the decentralization of power through widespread small ownership.[3]

From 1932 to 1936, he served as President of the Southern Society for Philosophy and Psychology.[4]

From 1950 to 1958, he was a Professor and Head of the Department of Psychology at the University of Illinois.[5] From 1960 to 1972, he served as executive Vice-President and Provost.[2][5]

Later, he worked for the American Council of Education in Washington, D.C..[2]


He died in 1988.[2]