Archibald MacLeish, Roylston Professor of Rhetoric and Oratory, poet, and former librarian of Congress and Assistant Secretary of State, has been elected president of the American Academy off Arts and Letters, it was announced today. MacLeish teaches Humanities 130.
He will replace Paul Manship, famous sculptor, who has held the post for the past five years. Manship will remain as a director of the Academy.
MacLeish won a Pulitzer Prize in 1932 for his book of poetry entitled "Conquistador." He served as librarian of Congress in the years from 1939 to 1944, and also worked on a number of federal commissions and agencies before taking the position as librarian of Congress.
He was born in Farmington, Conn., and came to the Law School for two years until 1917. He returned in 1918 and 1919 to receive his Bachelor of Law Degree, and has been a professor since 1949.