Guide to the Papers of John E. Masten, 1941 - 1948Manuscript MS-1137

Biography

John E. Masten was born May 20, 1912, in Canandaigua, NY. He graduated from Dartmouth College in 1933, and from Yale Law School in 1936. Upon graduation he joined the firm of Davis Polk Wardwell Gardiner & Reed in New York City. In 1940, he was appointed lecturer at Yale Law School. In June 1942, he left Davis Polk to serve as counsel to the Metals Reserve Company in Washington, D.C, which was engaged in the production and purchase of strategic and critical metals and minerals for the US effort in World War II. In 1945, he joined the legal staff of the Congressional Committee investigating the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor and served as assistant council until July 1946. In 1951, he joined Phelps Dodge Corporation, and in 1962, became vice president, a position he held until his retirement in 1977. John Masten was a member of the Dartmouth Alumni Council from 1957-1960, and also served on various committees appointed by the Dartmouth Board of Trustees. Masten died on November 12, 1999 in Rye, NY at the age of 87.

Finding Aids