Harvey V. Higley

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Harvey Higley
Administrator of Veterans Affairs
In office
July 22, 1953 – November 13, 1957
President Dwight Eisenhower
Preceded by Carl Gray
Succeeded by Sumner Whittier
Personal details
Born Harvey Vanzandt Higley
(1893-02-12)February 12, 1893
Cheshire, Ohio, U.S.
Died October 15, 1986(1986-10-15) (aged 93)
Marinette, Wisconsin, U.S.
Political party Republican
Education University of Wisconsin, Madison (BS)

Harvey Vanzandt Higley (October 26, 1892 – October 15, 1986)


He was born in Cheshire, Ohio, and studied chemistry at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, graduating in October 1915.[1] After serving in World War I he went to work for the Ansul Chemical Company of Marinette, Wisconsin, which specialized in making fire retardant chemicals. Higley eventually became the company's president (1938–48)[2] and chairman of the board.[3]

Higley was also active in politics and veteran’s affairs. He joined the American Legion and served as Wisconsin State Commander from 1941 to 1942.[4] From 1947 to 1953 he was chairman of the Republican Party of Wisconsin. In July 1953 President Dwight D. Eisenhower appointed Higley to be the Administrator of Veterans Affairs,[5][6] where he helped to establish Veterans Day as a US Holiday.[7] Higley held the position until November 1957 when he retired and returned to Wisconsin.[5]

Higley died on October 15, 1986.[3]


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Political offices
Preceded by
Carl Gray
Administrator of Veterans Affairs
Succeeded by
Sumner Whittier