Arnold, Thurman W. (1891–1969)

Born in Laramie, Wyoming, Thurman Wesley Arnold was educated at Princeton University and the Harvard Law School. Following World War I, during which Arnold served in France, he returned to Laramie, where he served in the Wyoming legislature and as Mayor of Laramie.

Arnold's academic career began when Roscoe Pound recommended Arnold for Dean of West Virginia's law school in 1927. Arnold's record there earned him the notice of Yale Law School Dean Charles Clark, who lured Arnold to Yale in 1930. At the time, Yale was the epicenter of American legal realism, and Arnold flourished, writing his best-known books, Symbols of Government and The Folklore of Capitalism.

Following Franklin Roosevelt's election in 1932 as U.S. president, Arnold divided his time between government and teaching, finally leaving ...

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