William Gibbs McAdoo
United States Senator - Secretary of the Treasury
October 31, 1863 he served as United States Senator from California and
as Secretary of the Treasury under President Woodrow Wilson. He was also
an unsuccessful candidate for President of the United States in both 1918
He served in the Senate from 1933 to 1938 when he resigned after having failed to secure his party's nomination for re-election.
He headed the company which planned, designed and constructed the Hudson River tunnels which connect New Jersey with New York City.
He served brilliantly as Secretary of the Treasury during World War I and married President Wilson's daughter, Eleanor Randolph Wilson, at the White House on May 7, 1914. Was married a total of three times in his life.
He died on February 1, 1941 and was buried in Section 2 of Arlington National Cemetery.
Courtesy of the Congress of the United States:
McADOO, William Gibbs, a Senator from California; born on a farm near Marietta, Cobb County, Ga., October 31, 1863; attended the rural schools and the University of Tennessee at Knoxville; appointed deputy clerk of the United States Circuit Court for the Southern Division, Eastern District of Tennessee 1882; studied law; admitted to the bar in 1885 and commenced practice in Chattanooga, Tenn.; moved to New York City in 1892 and continued the practice of law; developed the system of rapid-transit tunnels under the Hudson River between New York City and New Jersey and from 1902 to 1913 was president of the company which constructed and operated them; vice chairman of the Democratic National Committee in 1912; Secretary of the Treasury in the Cabinet of President Woodrow Wilson 1913-1918; during the First World War served as director general of railways, chairman of the Federal Reserve Board, the Federal Farm Loan Board, and the War Finance Corporation; resumed the practice of law in New York City in 1919; moved to Los Angeles, Calif., in 1922 and continued to practice law; unsuccessful candidate for the Democratic nomination for President of the United States in 1920 and 1924; author; member of the Democratic National Committee 1932-1940; elected in 1932 as a Democrat to the United States Senate from California and served from March 4, 1933, to November 8, 1938, when he resigned; unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1938; chairman, Committee on Patents (Seventy-third through Seventy-fifth Congresses); returned to Los Angeles, Calif., and served as chairman of the board of directors of a steamship line; died while on a visit in Washington, D.C., February 1, 1941; interment in Arlington National Cemetery, Fort Myer, Va.
WILLIAM GIBBS SR
Photo Courtesy of the National Archives
William Gibbs McAdoo, Jr.
Updated: 13 March 1999 Updated: 14 October 2001 Updated: 14 June 2003 Updated: 6 September 2004 Updated: 16 December 2004
Updated: 18 December 2005 Updated: 11 January 2008
Photos By M. R. Patterson, 3 December 2004