Ralph H. Demmler
Chairman of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission
In office
June 27, 1953 – May 25, 1955
PresidentDwight D. Eisenhower
Preceded byJ. Howard Rossbach
Succeeded byJ. Sinclair Armstrong
Personal details
Born(1904-08-22)August 22, 1904
DiedDecember 23, 1995(1995-12-23) (aged 91)[1]
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States[1]
Political partyRepublican Party[1]
Spouse(s)Catherine Demmler[1]
ChildrenJohn H. Demmler[1]
Alma materAllegheny College[1]
University of Pittsburgh[1]
OccupationLawyer and appointed United States government official

Ralph H. Demmler (August 22, 1904 – December 23, 1995) was an American lawyer – specializing in corporate banking law – and chairman of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission from June 1953 to May 1955.[1]

Early life and education

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He graduated from Allegheny College, where he was a member of the Phi Beta Kappa Society.[1] Demmler earned his law degree at the University of Pittsburgh.[1]


He began his law practice in Pittsburgh in 1928.[1]

In 1943, Demmler joined the law firm Reed Smith Shaw & McClay and was elected a partner in 1948.[1]

A member of the Republican Party, he served as chairman of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) between June 1953 and 1955.[1] Demmler had been appointed a member of the commission just earlier.[1][2]

From 1969 until 1980, he was an adviser on an American Law Institute project to codify federal securities laws.[1]

In 1972, the SEC appointed Demmler to its Special Committee on Enforcement Policy.[1]

Corporate directorships

During his career, he served as a member of the board of various corporations, including Duquesne Light, Sharon Steel and Hammermill Paper.[1]

Personal life

Demmler died, age 91, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. At his death, he was survived by Catherine, his wife of 66 years.[1] Demmler was also survived by a son John H. Demmler and three grandchildren.[1]

See also


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s Gilpin, Kenneth (December 29, 1995). "Ralph Demmler, 91, Chairman Of the S.E.C. Under Eisenhower". The New York Times. Retrieved October 4, 2012.
  2. ^ [full citation needed]Social Security Death Index.