Anslinger, Harry Jacob
- Rufus King
Anslinger, Harry Jacob (20 May 1892–14 November 1975), U.S. commissioner of narcotics, was born in Altoona, Pennsylvania, the son of Robert J. Anslinger, a barber, and Christiana Fladtt. After attending Altoona Business College and a two-year program at Pennsylvania State University, Anslinger worked as a silent-movie pianist, railroad policeman, and state police administrator before serving as an ordnance inspector and earning a commission in the Ordnance Reserve during World War I. In 1918 he joined the U.S. Diplomatic Corps, serving in Germany and Holland (where he acted as liaison with the deposed kaiser’s staff) until 1923, when he was posted as consul to La Guaira, Venezuela, and, in 1926, to Nassau. In 1923 he married Martha Denniston, a relative of the Mellon banking family. Anslinger adopted her son from a previous marriage; they had no children of their own....