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Ernest Lee Jahncke (1877–1960) was United States Assistant Secretary of the Navy from 1929 to 1933. He is the only person ever to be expelled from the International Olympic Committee, being expelled in July 1936 for his outspoken opposition to holding the 1936 Summer Olympics in Nazi Germany.


Ernest Lee Jahncke was born in New Orleans on October 13, 1877. His father was shipbuilder Frederick Jahncke and his mother was Margaret (Lee) Jahncke. He was married to Cora Van Voorhis Stanton (granddaughter of Edwin M. Stanton).

Jahncke was educated as an engineer and then joined his father's firm, the Jahncke Shipbuilding Company. A member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, he was the engineer who built the seawall in New Orleans running from the West End to the Spanish Fort.

A Republican, Jahncke was elected to the Louisiana State Legislature. In 1929, President of the United States Herbert Hoover appointed Jahncke as Assistant Secretary of the Navy, and Jahncke served in this post from April 1, 1929 to March 17, 1933. Jahncke served as a delegate at the 1932 Republican National Convention and as an alternate to the 1936 Republican National Convention.

A member of the International Olympic Committee, Jahncke was opposed to the decision to give the 1936 Summer Olympics to Nazi Germany. In a November 25, 1935 letter to IOC president Henri de Baillet-Latour, Jahncke wrote: "Neither Americans nor the representatives of other countries can take part in the Games in Nazi Germany without at least acquiescing in the contempt of the Nazis for fair play and their sordid exploitation of the Games."[1] In July 1936, Jahncke was expelled from the IOC for his outspoken opposition to holding the games in Nazi Germany.

Jahncke died on November 16, 1960.


Government offices
Preceded by
Theodore Douglas Robinson
Assistant Secretary of the Navy
April 1, 1929 – March 17, 1933
Succeeded by
Henry L. Roosevelt


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