Paul H. Appleby

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A retired Paul Appleby (second from the right) at a USDA lecture series in 1961.

Paul Henson Appleby (September 13, 1891 – October 21, 1963) was an important American theorist of public administration in democracies.

Life and career[edit]

Appleby was born in Greene County, Missouri to Andrew B. and Mary (Johnson) Appleby. He earned his A.B. from Grinnell College in 1913.[1][2] He married Ruth Meyer on October 4, 1916.[3] The couple had three children, Margaret Finley Appleby, Mary Ellen Appleby Sarbaugh, and L. Tom Appleby.

Appleby began his career as a newspaper publisher in Montana, Minnesota, and Iowa from 1914 through 1920. He was the editor of Iowa Magazine in Waterloo, Iowa from 1920 to 1924, and an editorial writer at the Des Moines Register and Tribune from 1924 until 1928. The family moved to Virginia in 1928 where Appleby again worked as a newspaper publisher until accepting a position with the U.S. government. He served as the Executive Assistant to the Secretary of Agriculture from 1933 through 1940 and the Under Secretary of Agriculture from 1940 until 1944 in Franklin D. Roosevelt's administration. In August 1942 he was elected the first Chairman of the International Wheat Council. He was Assistant Director of the U.S. Bureau of the Budget from 1944 through 1947 in the Truman Administration.

In 1947, Appleby became the Dean of the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs of Syracuse University, where he became a noted author of works in the field of public administration.

Appleby died in October 1963.


  • Big Democracy, 1945
  • Policy and Administration, 1949
  • Public Administration in India: A Report of a Survey, 1953
  • Re-examination of India's Administrative System, 1956
  • Public Administration of a Welfare State, 1961
  • Citizens as Sovereigns, 1962
  • Morality and Administration in Democratic Government, 1969


  1. ^ "Paul H. Appleby". University at Albany Libraries. Retrieved 2019-05-24.
  2. ^ "Paul H. Appleby Papers". Syracuse University Library. Retrieved 2019-05-24.
  3. ^ "Appleby, Paul H. (Paul Henson), 1891-1963". Social Networks and Archival Context. Retrieved 2019-05-24.