Samuel Somerville Stratton

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Samuel Somerville Stratton (February 23, 1898 – March 1969[1]) served as the eleventh president of Middlebury College, 1943 - 1963.

Born in Lynn, Massachusetts, he was a graduate of Newburyport High School in Newburyport, Massachusetts and Dartmouth College,[citation needed] graduating in 1920 after naval service in World War I. He received an M.A. and Ph.D. from Harvard and served as a professor of economics and researcher there and briefly at the University of Pittsburgh.

Stratton saw Middlebury through most of World War II, when the institution hosted Naval V-12 units, and initiated an extensive program of construction while enlarging the student body and enriching the institution's liberal arts curriculum.


  1. ^ "United States Social Security Death Index". FamilySearch. Retrieved 4 January 2017. 
Preceded by
Paul Dwight Moody
President of Middlebury College
Succeeded by
James Isbell Armstrong