As followers of this blog know, we have a series of "trailing posts" concerning lawyers, soldiers, clerics and farmers. All of these threads involve people who we tend to know in some other role, but who had occupied the titled role. This thread is another example, listing people who had been teachers in addition to the role that made them well known.
Clarence R. Huebner
Clarence Huebner was a general officer of the U.S. Army who commanded
the 1st Infantry Division for much of World War Two. Huebner was a very
effective commander of a unit which he took over after teh very popular
prior officers had been reassigned. He had started off as a teacher,
but had entered the Army as a private prior to World War One, was
commissioned in 1916, and went on to a career in the Army.
John J. Pershing
John Pershing is also listed here in the They Were Lawyers thread. The
legendary commander of U.S. forces in Europe's first career was that of
teacher. After graduating from high school in his native Missouri he
was a teacher in an African American school. In that era, less than
half of all Americans graduated from high school and that entitled him
to his occupation. He soon left it for West Point, however, and entered
the Army from there.
Lucian Truscott was a career U.S. Army officer who joined the Army in
1917. He is famous for his role in World War Two, where he was a very
effective and flamboyant commander. He was a member of the cavalry
branch, and was an effective commander under both Patton and Terry
He started off, however, as a teacher, only switching careers when World
War One broke out, which gave him the opportunity to join the Army as
an officer in the cavalry branch.
Category: Soldier, officer
Barton R. Voight
A Wyoming judge who rose to the position of Chief Justice of the Wyoming
Supreme Court, Barton Voight had first been a historian and history
teacher, before an allergy which afflicted him when dealing with musty
books forced him to reassess his career.