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1953 Horatio Alger Award Winner

Paul Gray Hoffman*

Studebaker-Packard Corporation

"It doesn't matter how low on the ladder you start in your career. Through great effort and self-reliance you can reach the top."

Paul Gray Hoffman landed his first job in the automobile industry working as a porter and then as a used car salesman. He later became a salesman for the Studebaker Corporation, where he rose to the positions of sales manager and district branch manager of the Los Angeles branch. He was administrator of the Economic Cooperation Administration (the Marshall Plan) for nearly three years, after which he became president and director of the Ford Foundation for two years. He resigned from this position in 1953 to serve as chairman of the board of the Studebaker-Packard Corporation.

* Deceased