Jack Vaughn

Recipient of the Purple Heart Medal
Born Aug 18, 1920

Jack Hood Vaughn was the second Director of the United States Peace Corps succeeding Sargent Shriver. Vaughn was appointed Peace Corps Director in 1966 by President Lyndon Johnson and was the first Republican to head the agency.

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1920 Birth Vaughn was born in Columbus, Montana in 1920, the son of Elijah H. Vaughn and Blair (Cox) Vaughn. … Read More


1931 11 Years Old Vaughn moved with his family to Albion, Michigan in 1931 where his father managed a chain of clothing stores in Michigan and Montana.
1939 19 Years Old Vaughn attended Albion Public Schools and graduated from Albion High School in 1939. … Read More


Vaughn began fighting professionally in 1942 under the name of "Johnny Hood." "I was bumming around Mexico one summer when I ran out of money," Vaughn said. "I decided I would take my boxing and turn pro, but I didn't know enough Spanish at the time to tell whether the agent said I would get 60 pesos for four rounds or four pesos for 60 rounds. … Read More
1947 27 Years Old After returning from World War II, Vaughn earned a Master of Arts in 1947 in Romance Languages from the University of Michigan and a Masters in economics. … Read More
1948 28 Years Old Vaughn continued fighting to earn extra money while he worked at the University of Michigan. "I ended up losing the sight in my right eye in 1948," says Vaughn. "So in 1949, I went to the State Department."
1949 29 Years Old Vaughn joined the US Information Agency (USIA) in 1949 as director of the bi-national center in La Paz, Bolivia and later moved to Costa Rica with the USIA.


1951 31 Years Old Vaughn joined the State Department in 1951 and spent 1951 to 1956 in Panama with the State Department. … Read More
1959 39 Years Old From 1959 to 1961 Vaughn was the USAID Mission director for Senegal, Mali, and Mauritania. … Read More


1961 41 Years Old 1 More Event
Vaughn's connection with the Peace Corps began in 1961 when Peace Corps founding director Sargent Shriver came to Senegal where Vaughn was serving with USAID. "There were 4,000 volunteers signing up a day for the Peace Corps, and countries weren't asking for them. … Read More
Vaughn left the Peace Corps in 1964 to return to the State Department. US Ambassador to Panama Joseph S. Farland resigned in August, 1963 leaving the United States without an ambassador for several months. … Read More
1965 45 Years Old 1 More Event
On February 12, 1965 President Johnson named Vaughn Assistant Secretary of State for Inter-American Affairs and the United States coordinator of the Alliance for Progress. … Read More
…  Vaughn was appointed Peace Corps Director in 1966 by President Lyndon Johnson and was the first Republican to head the agency.
1967 47 Years Old …  On July 19, 1967 Vaughn clarified Peace Corps policy on writing letters to newspapers on political issues and said that volunteers could now identify themselves as Peace Corps volunteers in letters to newspapers. … Read More
When Richard Nixon became president in 1969, Vaughn found himself out of a job. … Read More


Vaughn announced his resignation as Ambassador to Colombia on June 11, 1970 to return to private life. … Read More
1972 52 Years Old 1 More Event
From 1972 to 1975 Vaughn was Dean of International Studies at Florida International University in Miami, Florida.
1974 54 Years Old Vaughn was President of Planned Parenthood from 1974 to 1975.
1977 57 Years Old 1 More Event
Although Vaughn takes no credit for President Carter's efforts beginning in 1977 to complete negotiations for a new Panama Canal treaty, Vaughn's early initiatives to reach an understanding with Panama paved the way for Carter's negotiations later.


1980 - 1988 4 More Events
1992 72 Years Old In 1992 Vaughn and his wife moved to Tucson. … Read More
2006 86 Years Old Vaughn's son, also named Jack Vaughn, is a record producer who has run his own label, Slimstyle Records, and now heads Comedy Central's record label. In a 2006 story in the Wall Street Journal, Vaughn said that since 2002, Comedy Central Records have gradually increased to about 10 releases a year. "We make money on 80% to 90% of our releases," Vaughn says. … Read More
2012 92 Years Old Jack Vaughn died at his home in Tucson on October 29, 2012, following a bout of cancer. … Read More
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