Abram F. Myers

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Abram F. Myers (1889 – after July 1960) was the chair of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) from December 1, 1928 to January 15, 1929,[1] and thereafter general counsel and board chairman of the Allied States Association of Motion Picture Exhibitors (ASAMPE) until July 1960.[2]

Born in Fairfield, Iowa,[3] Myers joined the United States Department of Justice in a sub-clerical position,[3] and received a law degree from the Georgetown University Law Center in 1912.[4] He eventually became a senior attorney on the department before receiving a recess appointment to the FTC by President Calvin Coolidge in July 1926.[3] Myers served until 1929, chairing the commission in his final year, when he resigned to serve in his dual roles with ASAMPE,[5][6] where he was sometimes regarded as "one of the film industry's controversial figures", holding those positions from 1929 until his resignation in July 1960.[2] In 1943, Abrams wrote a review of the 1943 film Deerslayer for the publication Harrison's Reports; as the film was produced by the publisher of this periodical, P. S. Harrison, this was their first review acknowledged not to have been written by Harrison.[7]


  1. ^ List of Commissioners, Chairwomen, and Chairmen of the Federal Trade Commission: 1915-2018 (as of November 2018).
  2. ^ a b "In the News", Los Angeles Evening Citizen News (July 11, 1960), p. 16.
  3. ^ a b c "Name Iowan As Federal Trade Commissioner", The Des Moines Register (July 31, 1926), p. 16.
  4. ^ "Down at Washington", The Leon Journal-Reporter (June 13, 1912), p. 4.
  5. ^ "Abram F. Myers". MPPDA Digital Archive. Retrieved January 27, 2021.
  6. ^ "Ask Federal Probe Into Film Trade", Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (May 19, 1938), p. 12.
  7. ^ ""Deerslayer" with Bruce Kellogg and Jean Parker". Harrison's Reports. November 13, 1943. p. 184. Retrieved June 15, 2019 – via Archive.org.
Political offices
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