Peter B. Bensinger

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Peter B. Bensinger
2nd Administrator of the Drug Enforcement Administration
In office
January 23, 1976 – July 10, 1981
Acting: January 23, 1976 - February 23, 1976
PresidentGerald Ford
Jimmy Carter
Ronald Reagan
Preceded byHenry S. Dogin (Acting)
Succeeded byFrancis M. Mullen
Personal details
Chicago, Illinois
Alma materPhillips Exeter Academy
Yale University

Peter B. Bensinger (born 1936 in Chicago, Illinois) is an American government official who served as the 2nd Administrator of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) from 1976 to 1981.

He was appointed Acting DEA Administrator on January 23, 1976, and confirmed by the United States Senate on February 5, 1976. Bensinger was sworn in as administrator on February 23, 1976. He served in the administrations of Presidents Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan. During his tenure with the DEA, Operation Trizo was established and started. With that operation, the DEA and the Mexican government fought illegal poppy plantations in Mexico by destroying crops with spraying and lead to many arrests of drug offenders.

Bensinger graduated from Phillips Exeter Academy. After graduation from Yale University, he worked as a General sales manager with the Brunswick Corporation (1958–1968) and with the Illinois Attorney General among other positions. In 1982, Bensinger became president and CEO of Bensinger, DuPont & Associates in Chicago, established 1982.[1]


Peter B. Bensinger was inducted as a Laureate of The Lincoln Academy of Illinois and awarded the Order of Lincoln (the State's highest honor) by the Governor of Illinois in 1998 in the area of Government.[2]


  1. ^ "Peter B. Bensinger". Retrieved March 14, 2010.
  2. ^ "Laureates by Year - The Lincoln Academy of Illinois". The Lincoln Academy of Illinois. Retrieved February 26, 2016.

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Government offices
Preceded by
Henry S. Dogin (Acting)
Administrator of the Drug Enforcement Administration
Succeeded by