Harry Jacob Anslinger The Late Years

An Elder Statesman

A man unselfishly dedicated to human welfare and law enforcement; a public servant of sterling character and integrity; an administrator of demonstrated superb ability; a diplomat of great distinction and international renown; and a valued and true friend of pharmacy.

–Delta Kappa Sigma Alumni Association, 1958 Merit Award

Distinguished Alumnus Award, Pennsylvania State University. 1959.

In 1959, Anslinger received Pennsylvania State University’s Distinguished Alumnus Award, the highest honor given to alumni.

Appointment of Anslinger as United States Representative to the United Nations Conference for a Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs. 1961.

President Kennedy appointed Anslinger, and Henry Giordanon Anslinger’s deputy at the Federal Bureau of Narcotics, to be America’s representatives when the U.N. met to establish one single international treaty to control the production of specific drugs under license.

This convention, amended twice over the years, is still in effect today with 195 signatory countries.

Anslinger Meets with Representative Krishnamorthy of India at the United Nations Conference on the Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs, 1961

Anslinger retires from Washington. 1962.

Upon his retirement the citizens of Blair County held a “Harry J. Anslinger Day” event in Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania, on August 8, 1962. There was a picnic,  testimonials by local, state and national dignitaries, and a plaque unveiled to be hung in the lobby of the County Courthouse.

Letter from Senator Robert F. Kennedy. March 1965.

Newly elected Senator Robert Kennedy thanked Anslinger, recognized his efforts for international drug control, and asked for advice. Anslinger and Robert Kennedy had known each other for many years, bonding over investigations of the mafia.

Anslinger on CBS’s “New York Forum.”

In a 1968 interview, when asked to justify penalties for marijuana when alcohol also contributes to traffic fatalities, Anslinger responded, “Why condone a second hazard?”

United States Representative to the U.N. Commission on Narcotic Drugs (1962-1969)

Following his retirement from the federal government, Anslinger continued to serve the nation, working on treaties and efforts to control international drug trafficking.

Article on Anslinger’s Life and Career, Washington Post. October 1971.

Letter dated September 21, 1960 on

Anslinger the Author

Harry Anslinger wrote or co-wrote three books over the course of his career.

Photograph of the cover of a book by Anslinger. The/ Protectors/Our Battle Against the Crime Gangs/Harery J. Anslinger/former U.S. Commissioner of Narcotics/with J. Dennis Gregory

Harry L. Anslinger, The Protectors Our Battle Against the Crime Gangs (New York: Farrar, Straus and Company, 1964).

Cover of the book The / Murderers/The Shocking Story /of the Narcotic Gangs/Harry J. Anslinger, U.s. Commissioner of Narcotics/and Will Oursler/No story has revealed so fully the political machina-/tions, the techniques of the modern crime syndicate,/the world-wide tentacles of the Mafia millionaires.

Harry J. Anslinger and Will Oursler, The Murderers The Shocking Story of the Narcotic Gangs (New York: Farrar, Straus and Cudahy, 1961).

Book cover for The Traffic in Narcotics by Harry J. Anslinger U.S. Commissioner of Narcotics and William F. Tompkins Former Member, New Jersey State Legislature/United States Attorney fort the District of New Jersey. / A long-awaited reliable survey/of the malignant and frowing evil of narcotics/analyzed without hysteria by two foremost national/and international authorities on the subject.

Harry J Anslinger and William F. Tompkins, The Traffic in Narcotics (New York: Funk & Wagnalls Company, 1953).

Letter from President John F. Kennedy on the Death of Martha Anslinger, 1961

Martha Denniston Anslinger, Harry’s wife, passed away in October 1961 and was buried in Anslinger’s home town of Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania.

Harry and Martha Anslinger. Date unknown.

Card Sent with Personal Note to Anslinger Following the Death of President John F. Kennedy. 1963.

Card Sent to Anslinger Following the Death of Senator Robert F. Kennedy. 1968.

Card Sent to Anslinger Following the Death of Senator Robert F. Kennedy, 1968

National Narcotic Enforcement Officers Association Award. 1962.

American Legion Award of Merit Presented to Anslinger. No date.

Treasury Department Alexander Hamilton Award

Presented by the Treasury Secretary to Anslinger following his retirement in 1962. It was the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. Treasury Department upon a citizen.

President Kennedy Accepts Anslinger’s Resignation. 1962.

Anslinger stepped down as Commissioner of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics when he reached mandatory retirement age of 70 in 1962. However, he stayed on as the Representative of the United States to the U.N.’s Commission on Narcotic Drugs through 1969.

Presentation of Distinguished Citizen Citation, White House, September 1962

Presentation of Distinguished Citizen Citation, White House. September 1962.

President Kennedy presents Anslinger with a citation for an outstanding record serving the federal government since 1917. Pictured (l to r): Representative Frank Karsten (MO), President Kennedy, Commissioner Anslinger, Assistant Secretary of the Treasury James Reed, Representative J. Vaughn Gary (VA), and Secretary of the Treasury C. Douglas Dillon.