Hugh M. Milton II

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Hugh M. Milton II
Hugh Milton II.jpg
United States Under Secretary of the Army
In office
August 1958 – January 1961
PresidentDwight D. Eisenhower
Preceded byCharles C. Finucane
Succeeded byStephen Ailes
Military service
Allegiance United States
Branch/service United States Army
Years of service~1917-1947
RankUS-O8 insignia.svg Major General

Hugh Meglone Milton II (March 23, 1897 – January 27, 1987) was a major general of the United States Army during World War II who served as United States Under Secretary of the Army from 1958 to 1961.


Hugh M. Milton II was born in 1897. He is descended from British poet John Milton.[1] He was educated at the University of Kentucky, receiving a bachelor's degree and then a master's degree in mechanical engineering. Milton joined the army around the time of the American entry into World War I.[1]

He joined the faculty of New Mexico State University as a professor of mechanical engineering in 1924. Two years later he was named dean of engineering. He became president of New Mexico State University in 1938.

With the United States' entry into World War II, in 1941, Milton was recalled to the United States Army with the rank of colonel. He was later promoted to brigadier general in 1945. He left the Army in 1947, having attained the rank of major general.

In 1947, Milton resumed the presidency of New Mexico State University.

In 1953, President of the United States Dwight D. Eisenhower nominated Milton as Assistant Secretary of the Army and he served in this post until 1958, when President Eisenhower named him United States Under Secretary of the Army. Milton served as Under Secretary of the Army from August 1958 until January 1961.

Milton retired from the United States Department of the Army in 1961. He died at the William Beaumont Army Medical Center in El Paso, Texas, on January 27, 1987, at the age of 89.


  • "Maj. Gen. Hugh M. Milton 2d, Army Aide Under Eisenhower", New York Times, Jan. 30, 1987
  • NMSU Profile
  • Hilkert, David E. (2004). Chiefs of the Army Reserve: Biographical Sketches of the United States Army Reserve’s Senior Officers (PDF). Fort McPherson, GA: Office of Army Reserve History, U.S. Army Reserve Command. pp. 165–173. Archived from the original (23 MB) on 2011-07-27. Retrieved 2009-12-11.
Government offices
Preceded by
Charles C. Finucane
United States Under Secretary of the Army
August 1958 – January 1961
Succeeded by
Stephen Ailes
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