Carlisle H. Humelsine

Carlisle Hubbard Humelsine (1915–1989) graduated from the University of Maryland in 1937. During World War II, he reached the rank of full colonel at 29, earning the Distinguished Service Medal and the Bronze Star. Following the war, he spent six years at the State Department, serving four secretaries of state including Dean Acheson and John Foster Dulles. In 1958, he began a 27-year tenure as president, then chairman, of the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. Under his leadership, Williamsburg became one of America’s most popular historical attractions. Humelsine was chairman of the National Trust for Historic Preservation; and a trustee for the National Geographic Society, the National Gallery of Art and the Smithsonian Institution.

In 2004, Virginia Route 199, in Williamsburg, Virginia was renamed the "Humelsine Parkway" in honor of Carlisle Humelsine.[1]



Government offices
Preceded by
John Peurifoy
Assistant Secretary of State for Administration
August 11, 1950 – February 15, 1953
Succeeded by
Edward T. Wailes
Non-profit organization positions
Preceded by
Chairman, National Trust for Historic Preservation Succeeded by
Preceded by
President, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, Inc.
Succeeded by
Charles Longsworth
Preceded by
Winthrop Rockefeller
Chairman, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation
Succeeded by