William N. Doak (1930–1933) - Secretary of Labor [cite this] ↑Herbert Hoover Home Page Born in Roanoke, Virginia, on December 12, 1882, William Nuckles Doak attended Virginia public and business schools. Employed as a trainman, he eventually grew active in the union and became vice president of the Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen. Doak became involved in politics, serving as a representative to the Republican National Convention in 1916 and 1932. He was an unsuccessful congressional candidate from the Sixth District of Virginia in 1920; he also lost a bid for the U.S. Senate in 1924. President Herbert Hoover appointed Doak to succeed Secretary of Labor James Davis in December 1930. Doak served in that capacity until the end of Hoover’s term in 1933. During his tenure in the cabinet, he was responsible for encouraging passage of the Davis-Bacon Act, which required government contracts to pay the prevailing wage. Doak died in Virginia on October 23, 1933. Herbert Hoover Essays Life in Brief Life Before the Presidency Campaigns and Elections Domestic Affairs Foreign Affairs Life After the Presidency Family Life The American Franchise Impact and Legacy [ print all essays ] Herbert Hoover Home Citation Information Consulting Editor David E. Hamilton Professor Hamilton is an associate professor of history at the University of Kentucky. His writings include: From New Day to New Deal: American Farm Policy from Hoover to Roosevelt, 1928–1933 (University of North Carolina Press, 1991) American President has changed! Click here to take a short survey and tell us what you think!