John C. Doerfer

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John Doerfer
Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission
President Dwight D. Eisenhower
Preceded by George McConnaughey
Succeeded by Frederick Ford
Personal details
Born November 30, 1904
Died June 5, 1992
Political party Republican

John C. Doerfer (November 30, 1904 – June 5, 1992) served as Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission from July 1, 1957 to March 10, 1960 as a Republican.[1][2]

Early life[edit]

Prior to his chairmanship of the FCC, Doerfer was the city attorney for West Allis, Wisconsin. He served on Milwaukee Mayor Frank P. Zeidler's Metropolitan Transportation Committee. In 1950, he became chairman of the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin, the state agency that oversees public utilities.

In 1957, Doerfer was appointed to head the Federal Communications Commission by President Dwight Eisenhower. A short time into his term he came under suspicion for accepting trips and other gifts from the broadcasters he was supposed to regulate.[citation needed] The eruption of the T.V. game show rigging scandal that same year brought widespread criticism for Doerfer and the F.C.C. for their failure to properly police these shows.[citation needed] In March 1960, investigation revealed that Doerfer had been the guest of Florida radio station owner George Storer on his luxury yacht.[citation needed] In the wake of these revelations he resigned on March 14, 1960.[citation needed]

Government offices
Preceded by
George McConnaughey
Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission
July 1957–March 1960
Succeeded by
Frederick W. Ford


  1. ^ "Commissioners from 1934 to Present". Federal Communications Commission. 2013-06-05. Retrieved 2017-05-24. 
  2. ^ "John Doerfer's Obituary". Retrieved May 23, 2017.