Harvey S. Firestone Jr.

Inducted 1975

Distinguished Service Citation Award 1949

Significantly expanded Firestone Tire & Rubber Company’s global interests, including the establishment of rubber plantations around the world

Served Firestone for 50 years, becoming Chief Executive Officer in 1946

Harvey Firestone Jr.’s Princeton classmates voted him “the man most likely to succeed” — and he proved them right. In 1920, Firestone joined the company his father had founded. By 1926, he had been elected a Director and Vice President of the newly-organized Firestone Plantations Company. He established dozens of rubber plantations around the world to supply the company with raw rubber. Besides developing new sources for basic materials, Firestone made the company’s products more available at home by pioneering expansion into auto supply and service stores. In addition to carrying on his father’s work in the company, the younger Firestone was an important national leader in the campaign for better roads. In a 1953 broadcast on the Voice of Firestone radio and television program, Firestone called for improvements to highways and parking facilities, concluding: “America’s future progress depends on better and safer highways.”

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Class of 1975

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