Samuel H. Beer

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Samuel H. Beer, (deceased) "a leading American expert on British government and politics who was a longtime professor of government at Harvard and who led the liberal organization Americans for Democratic Action from 1959 to 1962, died April 7 [2009] at his home in Washington...

"Mr. Beer was a staff member of the Democratic National Committee and an occasional speech writer for Franklin Delano Roosevelt in 1935 and 1936. He then worked as a police reporter for The New York Post and a writer for Fortune before returning to Harvard, where he earned a doctorate in political science in 1943.

"After serving with an Army artillery unit in World War II and earning a bronze star at Normandy, Mr. Beer, who rose to the rank of captain, was stationed in Germany as part of the allied military government. He began teaching at Harvard in 1946 and retired in 1982.

"After retiring, Mr. Beer taught at Boston College and Dartmouth and was a senior scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars." [1]

His wife was Jane K. Brooks.

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