Famous Enumerators of the 1940 Census
March 26th, 2012 by Jessica

1940 Census Enumerator Tom Lieb

1940 Census Enumerator Tom Lieb

We know there were about 120,000 enumerators working hard to conduct the 1940 Census. Did you know that some of them turned out to be famous?

Tom Lieb quit his coaching job at Loyola University in Los Angeles in 1939 to aid his dying wife. After she passed away, he was unemployed and stuck in southern California. He took a job as a Census enumerator in Los Angeles, and the rest is history.

This blurb and photo was published in the Omaha Morning World-Herald, Sunrise Edition in Omaha, Nebraska on April 1, 1940, page 9:

New Florida Coach

Tom Lieb was working on his census job in Los Angeles Sunday when announcement was made that he had been named football coach at the University of Florida.  –AP Wirephoto.

Read more about Tom Lieb at Wikipedia.

Do you know of any other famous enumerators who worked during the 1940 Census?  If so, please leave a comment below.  I’d love to hear about them!

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