How Many Have There Been?

By Richard E Walrath

Starting with George Washington, there have been 43 presidents including the present one, George W. Bush. But how many Treasury Secretaries have there been?

Has anybody ever counted them up?

Has any president had more than three or even as many as three?

FDR was elected four times, served three full terms and part of his fourth before he died on April 12, 1945.  I wonder how many Treasury Secretaries he had.

How about gw? He’s had three Treasury Secretaries, so far, and still has over a year to go on his second and, we hope, his last term even though the economy is in great shape, if you believe what he says.

Those millions of people about to lose their homes don’t think so. But what do they know about it?

In Ohio, people who have lost their jobs can expect less in their unemployment checks, and businesses are going to have to pay more into the unemployment compensation fund.

Probably there is some double counting going on here as a lot of people have lost their jobs and their homes.

In the meantime, GDP for the third quarter was reported as 4.9%! If you were running a business and you were on your third head bookkeeper who told you that you had just had the best quarter of the year and you saw the mess things are in today, what would you do?

As it turns out even our first president had more than one Treasury Secretary and the job is so popular that the U.S. has had a total of 74 Secretaries of the Treasury.  George W. Bush has to hit number five before he wins for having the most as several former presidents have had four Secretaries of the Treasury during their term (s) of office.

Secretaries of the Treasury, President (s)

Alexander Hamilton, Washington

Oliver Wolcott Jr., Washington, Adams

Samuel Dexter, Adams, Jefferson

Albert Gallatin, Jefferson, Madison

George W. Campbell , Madison

Alexander J. Dallas, Madison

William H. Crawford, Madison, Monroe

Richard Rush, J.Q. Adams

Samuel D. Ingham, Jackson

Louis McLane, Jackson

William J. Duane, Jackson

Roger B. Taney, Jackson

Levi Woodbury, Jackson, Van Buren

Thomas Ewing, Harrison, Tyler

Walter Forward, Tyler

John C. Spencer, Tyler

George M. Bibb, Tyler, Polk

Robert J. Walker, Polk, Taylor

William M. Meredith, Taylor, Fillmore

Thomas Corwin, Fillmore, Pierce

James Guthrie, Pierce, Buchanan

Howell Cobb, Buchanan

Philip F. Thomas, Buchanan

John A. Dix, Buchanan, Lincoln

Salmon P. Chase, Lincoln

William P. Fessenden, Lincoln

Hugh McCulloch, Lincoln, Johnson

George S. Boutwell, Grant

William A. Richardson, Grant

Benjamin H. Bristow, Grant

Lot M. Morrill, Grant, Hayes

John Sherman, Hayes

William Windom, Garfield, Arthur

Charles J. Folger, Arthur

Walter Q. Gresham, Arthur

Hugh McCulloch, Arthur, Cleveland

Daniel Manning, Cleveland

Charles S. Fairchild, Cleveland, Harrison

William Windom, Harrison

Charles Foster, Harrison, Cleveland

John G. Carlisle, Cleveland, McKinley

Lyman J. Gage, McKinley, Roosevelt

Leslie M. Shaw, Roosevelt

George B. Cortelyou, Roosevelt

Franklin MacVeagh, Taft, Wilson

William G. McAdoo, Wilson

Carter Glass, Wilson

David F. Houston, Wilson

Andrew W. Mellon, Harding, Coolidge, Hoover

Ogden L. Mills, Hoover

William H. Woodin, Roosevelt

Henry Morgenthau, Jr., Roosevelt, Truman

Fred M. Vinson, Truman

John W. Snyder, Truman

George M. Humphrey, Eisenhower

Robert B. Anderson, Eisenhower

C. Douglas Dillon, Kennedy, Johnson

Henry H. Fowler, Johnson

Joseph W. Barr, Johnson

David M. Kennedy, Nixon

John B. Connally, Nixon

George P. Shultz, Nixon

William E. Simon, Nixon, Ford

W. Michael Blumenthal, Carter

G. William Miller, Carter

Donald T. Regan, Reagan

James A. Baker, III, Reagan

Nicholas F. Brady, Reagan, G.H.W. Bush

Lloyd M. Bentsen, Clinton

Robert E. Rubin, Clinton

Lawrence H. Summers, Clinton

Paul H. O’Neill, G.W. Bush

John W. Snow, G.W. Bush

Henry M. Paulson, Jr., G.W. Bush

Source:  United States Department of the Treasury


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