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Sidney William Souers

Birthplace: Dayton, Montgomery County, Ohio, United States
Death: January 14, 1973 (80)
St. Louis, Missouri, United States
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Son of Edgar Daniel Souers and Catherine Souers

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About Sidney Souers

Sidney William Souers (March 30, 1892 – January 14, 1973) was an American admiral and intelligence expert.

He held the posts of:

  • Director of Central Intelligence, Central Intelligence Group, 1946
  • Executive Secretary, National Security Council, 1947–1950
  • Special Consultant to the President on military and foreign affairs, 1950–1953

Rear Admiral Souers was appointed as the first Director of Central Intelligence on January 23, 1946 by President Harry S. Truman. Prior to this, as Deputy Director of Naval Intelligence, Souers had been one of the architects of the system that came into being with the President's directive. He had written the intelligence chapter of the Eberstadt Report, which advocated a unified intelligence system. Toward the end of 1945, when the competing plans for a national intelligence system were deadlocked, Souers' views had come to the attention of the President, and he seems to have played a role in breaking the impasse.


  • 1892 Born Dayton, Ohio
  • 1911-1912 Student at Purdue University
  • 1914 A.B., Miami University, member of the Kappa chapter of Delta Kappa Epsilon
  • 1920-1925 President, Mortgage & Securities Company, New Orleans
  • 1922-1928 President and founder, First Joint Stock Land Bank
  • 1925-1926 Executive, Piggly Wiggly Stores, Memphis
  • 1925-1930 Executive Vice President, Canal Bank & Trust Company, New Orleans
  • 1927-1930 Member, New Orleans Port Authority
  • 1929 (April 29) Appointed Lieutenant Commander, U.S. Naval Reserve
  • 1929-1934 Member, Board of Directors, Aviation Corporation
  • 1930-1933 Vice President, Missouri State Life Insurance Company, St. Louis
  • 1932-1940 U.S. Naval Reserve, Intelligence Officer, inactive status
  • 1933-1973 Executive, General American Life Insurance Company
  • 1940 (July 22) Called to active duty
  • 1944 (July 24) Became Assistant Director, Office of Naval Intelligence, Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, Navy Department
  • 1945 (November 8) Designated Deputy Chief, Naval Intelligence, with the rank of Rear Admiral
  • 1946 (January 23) Appointed Director of Central Intelligence, Central Intelligence Group
  • 1946 (July 22) Relieved of active duty
  • 1947-1950 Executive Secretary, National Security Council
  • 1950-1953 Special Consultant to the President on military and foreign affairs
  • 1973 Died, St. Louis, Missouri
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Sidney Souers's Timeline

March 30, 1892
Dayton, Montgomery County, Ohio, United States
January 14, 1973
Age 80
St. Louis, Missouri, United States