Rosel H. Hyde

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Rosel H. Hyde (April 12, 1900 – December 19, 1992) served as chairman of the Federal Communications Commission from April 18, 1953, to October 3, 1954, and again from May 1, 1966, to October 31, 1969.

A native of Downey, Idaho, he graduated from Utah Agricultural College (now Utah State University) and the George Washington University Law School. In 1928 he joined the Federal Radio Commission, the predecessor of the F.C.C.

A Republican, he was appointed chairman by President Dwight D. Eisenhower. His reappointment by President Lyndon B. Johnson, a Democrat, was the first time that a chairman of the commission was reappointed and the first time a President named a chairman from a different political party.

Mr. Hyde retired under President Richard M. Nixon and joined the Washington law firm of Wilkinson, Cragun & Barker (later Wilkinson, Barker, Knauer & Quinn) as a partner.

Government offices
Preceded by
E. William Henry
Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission
May 1966–October 1969
Succeeded by
Dean Burch
Preceded by
Paul Atlee Walker
Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission
April 1953–October 1954
Succeeded by
George McConnaughey


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