1947 Horatio Alger Award Winner
"It was always my extreme honor to be the first recipient of a Horatio Alger Award."
Charles Wilson was born in Minerva, Ohio, in 1890. After earning a degree from the Carnegie Institute of Technology in 1909, he joined Westinghouse in Pittsburgh. In 1919, he joined Remy Electric, a General Motors subsidiary, as chief engineer and sales manager. He became president of General Motors in 1941. During World War II, he directed the company's large defense production effort, which earned him a U.S. Medal of Merit. In 1953, President Eisenhower named him as Secretary of Defense.* Deceased