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The College establishes the Grinnell-in-China educational mission, a pioneering program in foreign study in Techow, Shanghai, that continues until the Japanese invasion in 1937.

Harry Hopkins 1912 graduates from Grinnell. Hopkins and several other Grinnell graduates later worked on President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s team during the New Deal era in the 1930s. Hopkins served as commissioner of the Works Progress Administration, Secretary of Commerce, and later as special assistant to the president during World War II.