William DeWitt Mitchell (1929–1933) - Attorney General [cite this] ↑Herbert Hoover Home Page William Dewitt Mitchell was born in Winona, Minnesota, on September 9, 1874. He attended the University of Minnesota, earning his A.B. in 1895, and his L.L.B in 1896. Mitchell began a private law practice in St. Paul but soon saw action as an infantry officer during the Spanish-American War; he would also fight in World War I. On June 4, 1925, President Calvin Coolidge appointed Mitchell solicitor general. Mitchell remained at that post until President Herbert Hoover appointed him attorney general, a position Mitchell held from 1929 to 1933. Following his time in the cabinet, Mitchell served as chairman on the Committee of Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, and as chief counsel to the joint committee investigating the Pearl Harbor attack. William Mitchell died in Syosset, New York, on August 24, 1955. 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!