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1955 Horatio Alger Award Winner

William E. Levis*

Chairman
Owens-Illinois Glass Company

"Working oneself up through the ranks is practically an American rite of passage."

William Levis transcended his humble beginnings by earning his way through the University of Illinois. He began work as a car loader in the Alton plant of the Owens-Illinois Glass Company. He held virtually every important post in the company. He eventually became president and board chairman, and was recognized as one of the nation's foremost industrial leaders.

* Deceased