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Griswold, Alfred Whitney (1906-1963)
"In the long run of history, the censor and the inquisitor have always lost. The only sure weapon against bad ideas is better ideas. The source of better ideas is wisdom. The surest path to wisdom is a liberal education."

-- A. Whitney Griswold


Alfred Whitney Griswold was an American historian and educator, and President of Yale University.

Born in Morristown, New Jersey, he obtained his B.A. from Yale University in 1929, and his Ph.D. in 1933, becoming assistant professor. He became President of Yale University from 1951 to 1963.

He was arguably Yale's first "modern president," and embodied a charismatic authority. Griswold, in addition to being widely quoted in the national media for his championing of athletics, academic freedom, and the liberal arts against government intrusion, was "a master of the English language," according to Gaddis Smith.

He died, of cancer, in New Haven, Connecticut, and is buried in Grove Street Cemetery.

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“Books won't stay banned. They won't burn. Ideas won't go to jail.”

 
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