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OGC Key Personnel Archive - 1953-1960

Former General Counsel Parke M. Banta

Former General Counsel Parke M. Banta

General Counsel, DHEW, 1953-1960

Northwestern Law School, 1914
William Jewell College

Nominated by President Dwight Eisenhower
Served Under Secretaries Oveta Culp Hobby, Marion B. Folsom, and Arthur S. Flemming

In 1953 Parke M. Banta was named General Counsel for the newly organized Department of Health, Education, and Welfare. He was General Counsel until 1961 when he retired and returned to Missouri.

Prior to becoming General Counsel to DHEW, Banta was in private practice in Missouri. He served as U.S. Representative from the Eighth Congressional District of Missouri from 1947 to 1949. Before serving as a Representative, Banta was the Administrator of the Missouri State Social Security Commission.

Born in Missouri on November 21, 1891, Banta attended William Jewell College at Liberty, and received his law degree from Northwestern University Law School, Evanston, Illinois in 1914. After serving in the U.S. Army during World War I, he returned to Missouri, practiced law at Potosi and Ironton, and was active in community life and local Republican politics. Parke Banta died on May 12, 1970.

Presented for archival purposes. Current as of November 25, 2002.


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