Howland H. Sargeant

Howland H. Sargeant
Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs
In office
February 21, 1952  January 29, 1953
Nominated by Harry Truman
Preceded by Edward W. Barrett
Succeeded by Carl McCardle
Personal details
Born Howland Hill Sargaent
(1911-07-13)July 13, 1911
New Bedford, Massachusetts
Died February 29, 1984(1984-02-29) (aged 72)
New York City, New York
Nationality American

Howland Hill Sargeant (July 13, 1911 – February 29, 1984) was United States Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs from 1952–53, and the president of Radio Liberty from 1954 to 1975.


Born in 1911 in New Bedford, Massachusetts,[1] Howland H. Sargeant was educated at Dartmouth College, graduating in 1932.[2] He played for the Dartmouth Big Green baseball team.[2] In 1932, he was a Rhodes scholar.[2]

Sargeant later joined the United States Department of State. In 1947, he became Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs.[3] In this capacity, he was a member of the United States delegation to UNESCO and in 1950 was Vice-President of the UNESCO General Conference that met in Florence.[4]

During his time as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs, Sargeant met actress Myrna Loy, who was a member of the U.S. delegation to UNESCO. Sargeant married Loy on June 2, 1951, thus becoming Loy's fourth husband.[5] This marriage would end in a divorce on May 31, 1960, and the couple did not have any children.[5]

In 1952, President of the United States Harry Truman nominated Sargeant to be Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs and Sargeant subsequently held this office from February 21, 1952 until January 29, 1953.

The American Committee for the Liberation of the Peoples of Russia founded Radio Liberty in 1954, and Sargeant became Radio Liberty's first president.[3] He held this position until 1975. Radio Liberty merged with Radio Free Europe in 1976.[3]

He died on February 29, 1984 of an apparent heart attack.[6]


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  2. 1 2 3 Howland H. Sargeant Papers at the Harry S. Truman Library & Museum
  3. Records of the General Conference of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, 1950, p. 6
  4. 1 2 NNDB Profile of Myrna Loy
Government offices
Preceded by
Edward W. Barrett
Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs
February 21, 1952 January 29, 1953
Succeeded by
Carl McCardle
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