Ray Lyman Wilbur

President of Stanford University

Ray Lyman Wilbur (13 April 187526 June 1949) was a medical doctor, the third president of Stanford University, and the 31st United States Secretary of the Interior.

Ray Lyman Wilbur


  • We must get rid of the silly, sloppy idea that all people are equal in capacity.
    • "Dr. Ray Lyman Wilbur, A Gentleman and a Scholar", Los Angeles Times, June 28, 1949
  • If you know a better place to live right now than this country, get a ticket and try to get there.
    • Adress to Stanford Student Body, 1940. "Ray Lyman Wilbur Taken By Death", Los Angeles Times, June 27, 1949
  • It is common talk that every individual is entitled to economic security. The only animals and birds I know that have economic security are those that have been domesticated--and the economic security they have is controlled by the barbed-wire fence, the butcher's knife and the desire of others. They are milked, skinned, egged or eaten up by their protectors.
    • "Ray Lyman Wilbur", The Washington Post, June 28, 1949

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