Maurice Stans: From Shakopee to the White House

Stans Shak to WH logo-LRLocation: Stans Museum East Gallery

”From the time I learned to observe and to read, I believed in the American Dream … I was sure of success; the thought of failure never entered my mind.”

Maurice H. Stans was born in Shakopee in 1908 and graduated as valedictorian from Union High School in 1925. He was educated as an accountant. In 1954, he volunteered his services to President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s administration, helping to modernize the United States Post Office’s payment system. Stans’s volunteer work led to his appointments as deputy postmaster general in 1955, deputy director of the Bureau of the Budget in 1957 and director of the Bureau of the Budget in 1958, a position he held until the end of Eisenhower’s second term in 1961. Stans then joined President Richard M. Nixon’s administration in 1968, serving as Secretary of Commerce until 1972. Visit this exhibit to explore what life was like in a small town 100 years ago, and get an insider’s look at the goings-on in the White House between the 1950s and 1970s.