A. Ross Eckler

Albert Ross Eckler (May 22, 1901 – March 14, 1991) served as Deputy Director of the United States Census Bureau from 1949 to 1965, and its Director from 1965 until 1969. He was the first career employee ever to become director of the agency.

A. Ross Eckler
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12th Director of the United States Census Bureau
In office
1965 - 1969
PresidentLyndon B. Johnson
Preceded byRichard M. Scammon
Succeeded byGeorge Hay Brown
Personal details
Albert Ross Eckler

May 22, 1901
Van Hornesville, New York, US
DiedMarch 14, 1991(1991-03-14) (aged 89)
Maryland, US
Known forDeputy Director (1949–1965) and Director (1965–1969) of the United States Census Bureau, President of the American Statistical Association


Eckler was born in Van Hornesville, New York in 1901 and lived on a farm until he attended Hamilton College. He then earned a master's degree and a PhD at Harvard University in 1934. Eckler joined the Census Bureau in 1939 as chief of economic statistics in the Population Division. He then became assistant chief of the Population Division and then the Special Surveys Division and chief social scientist. In 1949, he became Deputy Director and in 1965 President Lyndon B. Johnson appointed him director. He worked as director until 1969 and later died in Maryland in 1991.[1]

He authored The Bureau of the Census (ISBN 0-275-55370-1), and was president of the American Statistical Association. He is also the father of logologist and centenarian researcher A. Ross Eckler, Jr.


  1. ^ "Directors 1965 - 1976". US Census Bureau. Retrieved 4 July 2011.

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Government offices
Preceded by
Richard M. Scammon
Director of the United States Census Bureau
1965 – 1969
Succeeded by
George Hay Brown