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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