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William H. Woodin (1933) - Secretary of the Treasury

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William Hartman Woodin was born May 27, 1868, in Berwick, Pennsylvania. He attended the School of Mines at Columbia University but left before finishing a degree. Woodin spent most of his career in the private sector, starting as president of the American Car and Foundry Company in 1922 and serving as chairman of the board of the American Locomotive Company, the J. B. Brill Company, the Montreal Locomotive Works, and the Railway Steel Spring Company. He would also become a director of the Federal Reserve Bank in New York City. Along the way, Woodin became an accomplished songwriter.

He was appointed secretary of the treasury in 1933 but resigned after only one year because of illness and a minor scandal: the Senate Banking Committee had found his name on a list of J. P. Morgan's preferred customers and discovered that he had been given preferred stock options. William Woodin died on May 3, 1934, in New York City.

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William E. Leuchtenburg

Professor Leuchtenburg is the William Rand Kenan Jr. Professor Emeritus of History at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His writings include:

The White House Looks South: Franklin D. Roosevelt, Harry S. Truman, Lyndon B. Johnson (Louisiana State University Press, 2005)

The FDR Years: On Roosevelt and His Legacy (Columbia University Press, 1995)

The Perils of Prosperity, 1914-32 (University of Chicago Press, 1993)

Franklin D. Roosevelt and the New Deal, 1932–1940 (Harper Collins, 1963)