August Heckscher II

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August Heckscher II (September 16, 1913 – April 5, 1997) was an American public intellectual and author whose work explored the American liberalism of political leaders including Woodrow Wilson. He was the grandson of capitalist August Heckscher. He served as President John F. Kennedy's Special Consultant on the Arts, the first White House cultural advisor, 1962–63, as well New York City Mayor John Lindsay's Parks Commissioner, 1967-1972, amongst other highlights in a wide-ranging career and life.[1]


  1. ^ Pace, Eric (April 7, 1997). "August Heckscher, 83, Dies; Advocate for Parks and Arts". New York Times. Retrieved 2009-11-25. August Heckscher, a Parks Commissioner under Mayor John V. Lindsay who was long active in public affairs and as a writer, died on Saturday at New York Hospital. He was 83 and lived on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. The cause was heart failure, which he suffered after being admitted to the hospital because he had been having chest pains, his family said. 

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