Walter F. Dexter

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Walter Friar Dexter (November 21, 1886 – October 21, 1945) was an American educator and politician. He was born November 21, 1886 in Chicago. He served as president of Whittier College from 1923 to 1934. He was the author of Herbert Hoover's 1932 campaign biography. After a stint as secretary to Governor Frank Merriam, he became California State Superintendent of Public Instruction, a position he held until his death. He also was the President of Lions Club International from 1938 to 1939.[1] A middle school in Whittier, California is named for him.


Political offices
Preceded by
Vierling C. Kersey
California State Superintendent of Public Instruction
February 1, 1937 – October 21, 1945
Succeeded by
Roy E. Simpson
Academic offices
Preceded by
Harry N. Wright
President of Whittier College
Succeeded by
William O. Mendenhall