1967 Commencement Speech
Hugh Gardner Ackley was an economics adviser to Presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson. Ackley was born in Indianapolis in 1915 but grew up in Kalamazoo, Michigan, where his father was a professor of mathematics at Western Michigan University. In 1936, he graduated from Western Michigan University with majors in history and English. He earned masters and doctoral degrees in economics at the University of Michigan and joined the economics faculty at Michigan in 1940. President Lyndon Johnson appointed him to the President's council of Economic Advisors, where he was chairman from 1964 to 1968. In 1968 he was appointed United States Ambassador to Italy. Ackley died in Ann Arbor, Michigan in 1998.
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