Early life and family 
Philleo Nash was born in Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin–Madison in 1932. In 1935, he received his Ph.D in anthropology from the University of Chicago. On November 2, 1935, he married Edith Nash, who was the second director of the Georgetown Day School, the first racially integrated school in Washington, D.C. Edith Nash was also an accomplished poet, a childhood friend of Ernest Hemingway, publishing (among other titles) the Cross+Roads Press book, Practice: The Here and Now. He was also the founder of the Riverwood Roundtable literary society.
Philleo Nash served in the administrations of Franklin D. Roosevelt and Harry S. Truman. During the Truman administration, he advised the President to integrate the United States Armed Forces. From 1961–1966, he was commissioner of the United States Bureau of Indian Affairs during the administrations of John F. Kennedy, and Lyndon B. Johnson. He retired to Wisconsin to run his family's cranberry business. Philleo and Edith Nash had a cottage in Biron, Wisconsin, but lived on Riverwood Lane in Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin.
Philleo Nash died in Marshfield, Wisconsin.
See also 
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- Register to the Papers of Philleo Nash, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution
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