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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Henry Merritt Paulson, Jr.  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Non-Fiction

Born: 1946 in Palm Beach, Florida


Illinois Connection

Paulson was raised in Barrington Hills, Illinois and graduated in 1964 from Barrington High School.

Biographical and Professional Information

Paulson was a star athlete at Barrington High School, a champion wrestler and stand-out football player. He attended Darmouth and received his MBA from Harvard Business School. Paulson was Staff Assistant to the Assistant Secretary of Defense at The Pentagon from 1970 to 1972. He then worked for the administration of U.S. President Richard Nixon, serving as assistant to John Ehrlichman from 1972 to 1973. Paulson was nominated on May 30, 2006, by U.S. President George W. Bush to succeed John Snow as the Treasury Secretary. On June 28, 2006, he was confirmed by the United States Senate to serve in the position, which he did until 2009.

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