Grosvenor Clarkson


Grosvenor B. Clarkson (September 13, 1882 – January 23, 1937) was an author, publicist,[1] and Director of the Council of National Defense during World War I.

Grosvenor B. Clarkson
Director of the Council of National Defense
In office
December 1918 – March 1920
Preceded byWalter S. Gifford
Personal details
Born(1882-09-13)September 13, 1882
Des Moines, Iowa, U.S.
DiedJanuary 23, 1937(1937-01-23) (aged 54)
New York City, New York, U.S.
  • author
  • publicist
  • civil servant

Early lifeEdit

Grosvenor B. Clarkson was born on September 13, 1882, in Des Moines, Iowa to Anna Howell and James S. Clarkson.[2]


Council of National Defense, Clarkson on the most-left

Clarkson worked in New Mexico for the U.S. Department of the Interior and later for the United States Naval Consulting Board.[3] Afterwards, he was recruited for the Council of National Defense,[4] where he succeeded Walter S. Gifford as Director.[5][6] He served as director from December 1918 to March 1920.[7]

After the war, he published a detailed account of his time as Director in Industrial America in the World War.[8]

He was the author of two books:

  • An Analysis of the High Cost of Living Problem, as Director; Council of National Defense, (1919)
  • Industrial America in the World War; the strategy behind the line, 1917-1918, (1923)

Personal life and deathEdit

Clarkson died on January 23, 1937, in New York City.[7][9]


  1. ^ The Home Front Encyclopedia: United States, Britain, and Canada in World Wars I and II, Volume 1
  2. ^ Clarkson, James Sullivan
  3. ^ Iron Age, Volume 112
  4. ^ The American Review of Reviews, Volume 63
  5. ^ HEADS DEFENSE COUNCIL.; Grosvenor B. Clarkson Succeeds W. S. Gifford as Director., The New York Times
  6. ^ Grosvenor B. Clarkson, 1882-1937
  7. ^ a b "G. B. Clarkson Born in Des Moines, Dies". Des Moines Tribune. 1937-01-25. Retrieved 2022-02-21 – via 
  8. ^ Review of Reviews and World's Work, Volume 68
  9. ^ "Grosvenor B. Clarkson". The Boston Globe. 1937-01-25. Retrieved 2022-02-21 – via 

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