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William Gibbs McAdoo


Picture of William Gibbs McAdoo
CA Blue Book
Date Party Office Votes Result
11-08-1932 Democratic Senate3 943164 Win

Candidate Biography:

Born: October 31, 1863 near Marietta, Georgia [Confederate States of America]
Married: Sarah Hazelhurst Fleming (m. 1885, died 1912), Eleanor Randolph Wilson [daughter of Woodrow Wilson] (m. 1914, div. 1934), Doris Isabel Cross (m. 1935)
Children: Ellen Wilson McAdoo and Mary Faith McAdoo
Died: February 1, 1941 in Washington, DC.

1912: Vice Chairman, Democratic National Committee
1913-1918: U.S. Secretary of the Treasury (appointed by President Woodrow Wilson)
1914-1918: Chairman, Federal Reserve Board
1920: Co-Founder, United Artists studio (his cofounders were Mary Pickford, Charlie Chaplin, Douglas Fairbanks, and D. W. Griffith)
1920: Primary Candidate, President of the United States
1924: Primary Candidate, President of the United States
1932-1940: Member, Democratic National Committee
1938: Primary Candidate for U.S. Senator (Lost)
1938: Resigned from the United States Senate on November 18.

  • BONDS: As Secretary of the U.S. Treasury during WWI, it was McAdoo who had the idea of selling government bonds directly to members of the public.
  • In 1914, McAdoo married Eleanor at the White House
  • FDR SWING VOTE: According to The Rumble of California Politics 1848-1970 by Delmatier, McIntosh and Waters; "William Gibbs McAdooPresident Wilson's son-in-law, and William Randolph Hearst, "Lord of San Simeon," took the initiative in dealing with the problem. Together with Jesse W. Carter, later to be a distinguished Associate Justice of the California State Supreme Court, they proceeded therefore to engineer a switch of the California delegation from [US House Speaker John] Garner to Roosevelt."

Source: "Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1774-Present" (U.S. Library of Congress) []