Ray Lyman Wilbur

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Dr. Wilbur, on the cover of Time, Feb. 27, 1927

Ray Lyman Wilbur (April 13, 1875June 26, 1949) was a medical doctor, President of Stanford University and the 31st United States Secretary of the Interior.

He was born in Boone County, Iowa to Dwight Locke Wilbur and Edna Maria Lyman (his brother Curtis Wilbur later became United States Secretary of the Navy and a California judge). He studied at Stanford University (B.A 1896, M.A. 1897) and got a medical degree at Cooper Medical College in 1899. He later became Warren Harding's personal physician and was present at Harding's deathbed.

Dean of the Stanford University School of Medicine from 1911 to 1916, he served as president of Stanford from January 1, 1916 until 1943, including during his period as Secretary of the Interior. From 1943 until his death in 1949 he served as the university's chancellor.

He was nominated for the position of Secretary of the Interior by his friend President Herbert C. Hoover on March 5, 1929 and took office the same day. His tenure ended on March 4, 1933.

Further reading

  • The Memoirs of Ray Lyman Wilbur 1875-1940, Stanford University Press, 1960.
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Secretary Wilbur, on the cover of Time, Feb. 10, 1930



Preceded by:
John C. Branner
President of Stanford University
19161943
Succeeded by:
Donald B. Tresidder
Preceded by:
Roy West
United States Secretary of the Interior
19291933
Succeeded by:
Harold L. Ickes

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