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  Ickes, Harold L.
NameHarold L. Ickes
Chicago, Illinois , United States
Born March 15, 1874
DiedFebruary 03, 1952 (77 years)
ContributorThomas Walker
Last ModifedThomas Walker
Dec 12, 2003 02:22pm
InfoHarold Ickes was born in Frankstown, Pennsylvania on 15th March, 1874. He attended the University of Chicago and after graduating in 1897 he set himself up as a lawyer. Ickes held progressive political views and often worked for causes he believed in without pay. As a young man he was deeply influenced by the politics of John Altgeld.

Ickes worked for Theodore Roosevelt in the 1912 presidential election. After the demise of the Progressive Party, Ickes switched to Hiram Johnson and managed his unsuccessful campaign to became a presidential candidate in 1924.

Ickes became a follower of Franklin D. Roosevelt after being impressed by his progressive policies as governor of New York. In 1932 Ickes played an important role in persuading progressive Republicans to support Roosevelt in the presidential election.

In 1933 Roosevelt appointed Ickes as his Secretary of the Interior. This involved running the Public Works Administration (PWA) and over the next six years spent more than $5,000,000,000 on various large-scale projects. Ickes, a strong supporter of civil rights, he worked closely with Walter Francis White of the NAACP to establish quotas for African American workers in PWA projects.

Ickes felt that others in the administration, such as Harry L. Hopkins, had more power and influence over Roosevelt's decision. Ickes did not get on with Harry S. Truman and resigned from his government in 1946 in protest over the appointment of Edwin W. Pauley, Under Secretary of the Navy.

In his final years Ickes wrote a syndicated newspaper column and contributed regularly to the New Republic. Ickes wrote several books including Third Term Bugaboo, Not Guilty and his memoirs, The Autobiography of a Curmudgeon (1943). Harold Ickes died in Washington on 3rd February, 1952. The Secret Diary of Harold L. Ickes, was published posthumously in 1953.


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  03/03/1933 US Secretary of the Interior Won 100.00% (+100.00%)
IA US Senate - D Primary - Jun 06, 1938 D Otha D. Wearin
US President - Jan 04, 1933 D Franklin Delano Roosevelt
IL US President - Nov 08, 1932 D Franklin Delano Roosevelt
IL US President - Nov 06, 1928 D Alfred E. Smith
US President National Vote - Nov 04, 1924 R Robert Marion La Follette
IL US President - Nov 04, 1924 R Robert Marion La Follette
IL US President - R Primary - Apr 08, 1924 R Hiram W. Johnson
US President - R Primaries - Jul 01, 1924 R Hiram W. Johnson
IL US President - Nov 02, 1920 D James M. Cox
IL US President - Nov 07, 1916 R Charles Evans Hughes
IL US President - Nov 05, 1912 R Theodore "Teddy" Roosevelt
Chicago Mayor - Apr 05, 1911 R Charles E. Merriam