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Robert Henry Hinckley, Co-Founder of ABC

May 1, 1988

EDEN, Utah (AP) _ Robert Henry Hinckley, a co-founder of ABC and an administrator under Presidents Roosevelt and Truman, died Saturday at age 96.

Hinckley, an automobile dealer, began his political climb as a state legislator and mayor of Mount Pleasant.

During the Depression, he was Utah director and Western regional director of the Federal Emergency Relief Administration. In 1935, he was appointed assistant administrator of the Works Progress Administration.

Hinckley became chairman of the Civil Aeronautics Authority, forerunner to the Federal Aviation Administration, a year after its creation in 1938. A promoter of commercial aviation, he was instrumental in the construction of National Airport in Washington.

Roosevelt moved him to the Commerce Department in 1940, where he served as assistant secretary.

Under Truman he directed the Office of Contract Settlements, negotiating settlements to defense contracts no longer needed in peacetime.

Hinckley took part in the formation of the American Broadcasting Cos. in 1946, when national television was only a dream. He became vice president in charge of ABC’s Washington, D.C., office, retiring in 1959. He remained on the board of directors.

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