Earl W. Kintner

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Earl Wilson Kintner (November 6, 1912 – December 28, 1991) was the chair of the Federal Trade Commission from June 11, 1959 to March 20, 1961.[1][2][3]

Born in Corydon, Indiana, and raised in Princeton, Indiana, Kintner "worked in the farm fields as a boy to help support his family", while attending Princeton High School until his graduation in 1932.[3] He received an A.B. from DePauw University in 1936, followed by a law degree from Indiana University Maurer School of Law in 1938.[3]

Kintner served in the United States Navy during World War II, from 1944 to 1948, remaining in service after the end of the war as a case reviewer for the United Nations War Crimes Commission.[2] He held various government offices before becoming a trial attorney for the Federal Trade Commission in Washington, D.C. in 1948.[3] He served as General Counsel for the FTC from 1953 to 1959, when President Dwight D. Eisenhower appointed Kintner to chairman the FTC, where he remained until 1961.[3]

After leaving the FTC, Kintner became a partner in the Washington, D.C. law firm of Arent Fox Kintner Plotkin & Kahn, retiring from active practice in 1990 but remaining of counsel until his death the following year.[2]

Kintner died from congestive heart failure at Sibley Memorial Hospital, at the age of 79.[2]


  1. ^ List of Commissioners, Chairwomen, and Chairmen of the Federal Trade Commission: 1915-2018 (as of November 2018).
  2. ^ a b c d Barnes, Bart (December 31, 1991). "Earl W. Kintner Dies". The Washington Post.
  3. ^ a b c d e "Maurer School of Law Notable Alumni: Earl Wilson Kintner". Maurer School of Law. Retrieved February 9, 2021.
Political offices
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