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Andrew William Mellon (/ˈmɛlən/; March 24, 1855 – August 26, 1937) was an American banker, businessman, industrialist, philanthropist, art collector, and politician. From the wealthy Mellon family of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, he established a vast business empire before transitioning into politics. He served as United States Secretary of the Treasury from March 9, 1921 to February 12, 1932, presiding over the boom years of the 1920s and the Wall Street crash of 1929. A conservative Republican, Mellon lowered taxes and government spending in the aftermath of World War I. The son of banker Thomas Mellon, Andrew Mellon
Andrew Mellon
quickly established himself in the financial world. He became an owner of the family banking business, T. Mellon & Sons, and branched out into other businesses. Mellon helped finance the establishment of Alcoa, the New York Shipbuilding
Shipbuilding
Corporation, Old Overholt
Old Overholt
whiskey, and several other companies. By the 1920s, he was one of the richest people in the country, paying more in income taxes than all but two other American industrialists. Mellon also became a prominent philanthropist, helping to establish the National Gallery of Art
National Gallery of Art
and the Mellon Institute of Industrial Research, which is now part of Carnegie Mellon
Carnegie Mellon
University. In 1921, Warren G. Harding
Warren G. Harding
chose Mellon as his treasury secretary. Mellon would remain in office until 1932, serving under Harding, Calvin Coolidge, and Herbert Hoover, all three of whom were members of the Republican Party. Mellon sought to reduce federal taxation and debt. He favored cutting the federal estate tax as well as income taxes for all income levels. His policies were enacted by Congress in the Revenue Act of 1921, the Revenue Act of 1924, and the Revenue Act of 1926. The national debt dropped dramatically during the 1920s, though it would rise again after 1929. Mellon also participated in international agreements such as the Mellon–Berenger Agreement, which reduced French debts from World War I. Mellon became unpopular after the onset of the Great Depression. According to Hoover, Mellon advised him to avoid intervening in the ongoing economic crisis. In 1932, the United States
United States
House of Representatives began conducting impeachment hearings against Mellon. Before the conclusion of the proceedings, Mellon accepted appointment to the position of United States
United States
Ambassador to the United Kingdom. He served in that post for the remainder of Hoover's presidency before retiring from public office in 1933.

Contents

1 Early life 2 Business career

2.1 Old Overholt
Old Overholt
whiskey

3 Political career

3.1 Secretary of the Treasury

3.1.1 Mellon plan

3.2 Great Depression

3.2.1 Impeachment proceedings

4 Personal life 5 Philanthropy 6 The Mellon tax trial 7 Death 8 Legacy 9 Books 10 In popular culture 11 See also 12 References 13 Bibliography 14 External links

Early life[edit] Mellon was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
on March 24, 1855. His name is listed on the 1860 Census as "William A. Mellon." His father was Thomas Mellon, a banker and judge who was a Scots-Irish immigrant from County Tyrone, Ireland; his mother was Sarah Jane Negley Mellon. He had three older brothers, Thomas A., James R. and Samuel, and he also had a younger brother named Richard B. Mellon. He was educated at the Western University of Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania
(now the University of Pittsburgh) and left before graduating.[1] Business career[edit] Mellon demonstrated financial ability early. In 1872 his father set him up in a lumber and coal business, which he soon turned into a profitable enterprise. He joined his father's banking firm, T. Mellon & Sons, in 1880 and two years later had ownership of the bank transferred to him. In 1889, Mellon helped organize the Union Trust Company and Union Savings Bank
Bank
of Pittsburgh. He also branched into industrial activities: oil, steel, shipbuilding, and construction. Areas where Mellon's backing created giant enterprises included aluminum, industrial abrasives ("carborundum"), and coke. Mellon financed Charles Martin Hall, whose refinery grew into the Aluminum Company of America (Alcoa). He became the partner of Edward Goodrich Acheson in manufacturing silicon carbide, a revolutionary abrasive, in the Carborundum Company. He created an entire industry through his help to Heinrich Koppers, inventor of coke ovens which transformed industrial waste into usable products such as coal-gas, coal-tar, and sulfur. Mellon also became an early investor in the New York Shipbuilding
Shipbuilding
Corporation.[2] Mellon was one of the wealthiest people in the United States, the third-highest income-tax payer in the mid-1920s, behind John D. Rockefeller and Henry Ford.[1] While he served as Secretary of the U.S. Treasury
U.S. Treasury
Department his wealth peaked at around $300–$400 million in 1929–1930. Mellon was a member of the South Fork Fishing and Hunting Club
South Fork Fishing and Hunting Club
(whose earthen dam failed in May, 1889, causing the Johnstown Flood), and he belonged to the Duquesne Club
Duquesne Club
in Pittsburgh. Along with his closest friends Henry Clay Frick
Henry Clay Frick
and Philander Knox (also South Fork Fishing and Hunting Club members), Mellon served as a director of the Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh
National Bank
Bank
of Commerce.[3] Old Overholt
Old Overholt
whiskey[edit] Mellon also was one-third owner with Frick and Charles W. Mauck in the Old Overholt
Old Overholt
whiskey distillery in West Overton, Pennsylvania.[4] At the time, Old Overholt
Old Overholt
was one of the largest and most respected whiskey producers in the country.[5] In 1907, as prohibition became more popular across the country, Frick and Mellon removed their names from the distilling license, although they retained ownership in the company.[5] It is believed that Mellon's connections in the Treasury Department are what allowed the company to secure a medicinal permit during Prohibition.[5] This permit allowed Overholt to sell existing whiskey stocks to druggists for medicinal use.[5] When Frick died in December 1919, he left his share to Mellon.[5] In 1925, under pressure from prohibitionists, Mellon sold his share of the company to a New York grocer.[5] Political career[edit] Secretary of the Treasury[edit] Andrew Mellon
Andrew Mellon
was appointed Secretary of the Treasury by new President Warren G. Harding
Warren G. Harding
in 1921. He served for 10 years and 11 months; the third-longest tenure of a Secretary of the Treasury. His service continued through the Coolidge and Hoover administrations. Along with Secretary of Agriculture James Wilson and Secretary of Labor James J. Davis, he is one of only three Cabinet members to serve in the same post under three consecutive Presidents. Harding, in his inaugural address on March 4, 1921, called for a prompt and thorough revision of the tax system, an emergency tariff act, readjustment of war taxes, and creation of a federal budget system. These were policies Mellon wholeheartedly subscribed to, and his long experience as a banker qualified him to set about implementing these programs immediately. As a conservative Republican and a financier, Mellon was irritated by the manner in which the government's budget was maintained, with expenses due now and rising rapidly, with the failure of income or revenues to keep pace with those expense increases, and with the lack of savings. In 1926 Mellon was involved in drafting the Mellon-Berenger Agreement to set the amount of French debts to the United States
United States
arising from loans during World War I
World War I
and define the repayment schedule. The agreement was named after him and the French Ambassador Henry Bérenger who signed the agreement in April 1926 subject to ratification by the French parliament. The agreement greatly reduced the amount owing, but was felt to be as much as the French would be able to pay.[6] Mellon was a key negotiator on Germany's war debt, even traveling to Paris
Paris
in the summer of 1931 to conduct talks on it. He responded to fears that Germany
Germany
might strike out against its debt plight with: "everything will work out all right".[7] Mellon plan[edit]

Portrait photograph of A.W. Mellon, 1924

Mellon came into office with a goal of reducing the huge federal debt from World War I. To do this, he needed to increase federal receipts and decrease federal spending. He believed that if the tax rates were too high, people would try to avoid paying them. Mellon also believed that by reducing taxes the federal government could actually increase receipts, an idea he termed "scientific taxation." He observed that as tax rates had increased during the first part of the 20th century, investors moved to avoid the highest rates, by choosing tax-free municipal bonds, for instance. As Mellon wrote in 1924:[8]

The history of taxation shows that taxes which are inherently excessive are not paid. The high rates inevitably put pressure upon the taxpayer to withdraw his capital from productive business.

If the rates were set more reasonably, taxpayers would have less incentive to avoid paying. His theory was that by lowering the tax rates across the board, he could increase the overall tax revenue. This is similar to the Laffer curve. Andrew Mellon's plan had four main points:

Cut the top income tax rate from 77 to 24 percent – predicting that large fortunes would be put back into the economy. Cut taxes on low incomes from 4 to 1/2 percent – tax policy "must lessen, so far as possible, the burden of taxation on those least able to bear it." Reduce the federal estate tax – large income taxes tempted the wealthy to shift their fortunes into tax-exempt shelters. Efficiency in government – lower tax rates meant few tax returns to process by few government workers; cutting the actual size of paper bills to fit into wallets saved expenses in paper and ink.

Mellon believed that the income tax should remain progressive but with lower rates than those enacted during World War I. He thought that the top income earners would willingly pay their taxes only if rates were 25% or lower. Mellon proposed tax rate cuts, which Congress enacted in the Revenue Acts of 1921, 1924, and 1926. The top marginal tax rate was cut from 73% to 58% in 1922, 50% in 1923, 46% in 1924, 25% in 1925, and 24% in 1929. Rates in lower brackets were also cut substantially, relieving burdens on the middle-class, working-class, and poor households. By 1926, 65% of the income tax revenue came from incomes $300,000 and higher, when five years prior, less than 20% did.[dubious – discuss] During this same period, the overall tax burden on those that earned less than $10,000 dropped from $155 million to $32.5 million.[9] Mellon also championed preferential treatment for "earned" income relative to "unearned" income. As he argued in his 1924 book, Taxation: The People's Business[10]

The fairness of taxing more lightly incomes from wages, salaries and professional services than the incomes from business or from investments is beyond question. In the first case, the income is uncertain and limited in duration; sickness or death destroys it and old age diminishes it. In the other, the source of the income continues; the income may be disposed of during a man's life and it descends to his heirs. Surely we can afford to make a distinction between the people whose only capital is their mental and physical energy, and the people whose income is derived from investments. Such a distinction would mean much to millions of American workers and would be an added inspiration to the man who must provide a competence during his few productive years to care for himself and his family when his earning capacity is at an end.[11]

Mellon's policies helped reduce the overall public debt (the national debt skyrocketed from $1.5 billion in 1916 to $24 billion in 1919 because of World War I
World War I
obligations) from $33 billion in 1919 to about $16 billion in 1929,[12] but then the Depression caused it to rise again because of reduced revenue and increasing spending. The top tax rate went to 80% by 1935 and the federal government increased excise taxes in an attempt to make up for the lost revenue.[9] Mellon's tax plan also had social ramifications on society and the cultural development of the American people. The tax reforms exemplified the transition from a 19th-century rural society to the industrial capitalist power the country had become into the 1920s. Populists and rebellious Republicans representing constituencies from the South, West, and mid-West, all opposed Mellon's tax reforms because they were resistant to trend toward an urban society.[13] Since the tax system is a legal system bound by the law, the economic ramifications of its implementation transformed society's interaction and contribution to the overall economy. Mellon's tax plan replaced the United States
United States
main source of revenue from national tariffs and general state property taxes to a progressive income tax system. Combined with a pro-big business dominant political ideology and the reformation of the federal government's revenue stream, Mellon's tax cut on the wealthy and big corporations encouraged greater investment by wealthy individuals and big companies.[13] He believed the tax cut's effectiveness on encouraging investment spending was more beneficial to the economy than placing a higher tax burden on the rich. As Mellon had postulated, reducing tax rates on the wealthy class encouraged wealthy individuals to invest more into projects that contributed to the infrastructural development of cities and neighborhoods within. In New York City
New York City
during the 1920s, the social ramifications were realized as many neighborhoods sprang up and were settled by people of different ethnicities and income that has given the city the cultural diversity for which it is known today.[14] Great Depression[edit]

Mellon on US stamp

Mellon became unpopular with the onset of the Great Depression. Herbert Hoover, in memoirs published decades later, wrote that Mellon advised him as President to "liquidate labor, liquidate stocks, liquidate farmers, liquidate real estate... it will purge the rottenness out of the system. High costs of living and high living will come down. People will work harder, live a more moral life. Values will be adjusted, and enterprising people will pick up from less competent people." Hoover claimed credit for disregarding this advice and intervening in the market, though with little success.[15] There is no corroboration that Mellon ever said such a thing, however, and the claim that he did is inconsistent with his published speeches, which supported anti-recessionary measures by the Federal Reserve. As Treasury Secretary, Mellon was an ex-officio member of the Federal Reserve Board. There, he successfully urged the Fed to cut its discount rate after the stock market crash in October 1929, and supported subsequent rate cuts, although only a third of the commercial banks were a part of the Federal Reserve and could benefit from the rate cuts.[16] In November 1929, he recommended a cut of 1 percentage point in personal and corporate income tax rates. He supported Hoover's proposal to increase federal construction spending as an antirecession measure.[1] In 1929–31, Mellon spent much of the time overseas, negotiating for repayment of European war debts from World War I. In 1928 Mellon issued a denial to allegations made by a speaker for the Democratic Party in North Carolina
North Carolina
that he held an interest in a liquor distillery, and that he was the largest distiller in the world prior to Prohibition. In a letter written to the Republican executive committee of Mecklenburg County, North Carolina, Mellon admits having stock in a distillery, but that he had disposed of all interest in the company prior to becoming Secretary of the Treasury.[17] Impeachment proceedings[edit] In January 1932, 25,000 jobless men from Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania
(Cox's Army) marched to Washington to petition Congress and Hoover to start a job program. Hoover, fearing Communist agitation, ordered an investigation. The investigation discovered that while the march was not financed by Mellon, he did write a personal check so that 276 participants in the march could return to Pittsburgh. This action may have undermined Hoover's faith in his Treasury Secretary and, coupled with the impeachment hearing (below) led to Mellon's resignation.[18] In January 1932, Rep. Wright Patman
Wright Patman
(D-TX) (later an F.D.R. New Deal supporter) and others introduced articles of impeachment against Mellon,[19] with hearings before the House Judiciary Committee
House Judiciary Committee
at the end of that month.[20] After the hearings were over, but before the scheduled vote on whether to report the articles to the full House, Mellon accepted an appointment to the post of Ambassador to the Court of St. James's and resigned as Treasury secretary in February. He served for one year as ambassador and then retired to private life. Representative Louis Thomas McFadden
Louis Thomas McFadden
(R-PA) invoked Mellon's appointment while an impeachment was pending in his subsequent attempt to impeach President Hoover.[clarification needed] Personal life[edit] In 1900, Mellon, then 45 years old, married Nora Mary McMullen (1879–1973), a 20-year-old Englishwoman who was the daughter of Alexander P. McMullen,[21] a major shareholder of the Guinness Brewing Co. They had two children, Ailsa, born in 1901, and Paul, born in 1907. Their marriage ended in a bitter divorce in 1912, which was granted on grounds of Nora Mellon's desertion and her adultery with Capt. George Alfred Curphey, an English soldier, and other men.[21] Mellon did not remarry. In 1923 his former wife married Harvey Arthur Lee, a British-born antiques dealer 14 years her junior.[22] Two years after the Lees' divorce in 1928, Nora Lee resumed the surname Mellon, at the request of her son, Paul.[23] Philanthropy[edit]

Mellon Institute of Industrial Research

In 1913, along with his brother, Richard B. Mellon, he established a memorial for his father, the Mellon Institute of Industrial Research, as a department of the University of Pittsburgh. In 1965, the institute merged with the Carnegie Institute of Technology to form Carnegie Mellon
Carnegie Mellon
University. Mellon also served as an alumni president[24] and trustee[25] of the University of Pittsburgh, and made several major donations to the school, including the land on which the Cathedral of Learning
Cathedral of Learning
and Heinz Chapel
Heinz Chapel
were constructed.[26] In total it is estimated that Mellon donated over $43 million to the University of Pittsburgh.[27] During World War I
World War I
he participated in many fundraising activities such as the American Red Cross, the National War Council of the Y.M.C.A., the Executive Committee of the Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania
State Council of National Defense, and the National Research Council of Washington. During his retirement years, as he had done in earlier years, Mellon was an active philanthropist, and gave generously of his private fortune to support art and research causes.[28] In 1937, he donated his substantial art collection, collected at a cost of $25 million and valued at $40 million, plus $10 million for construction,[29] to establish the National Gallery of Art
National Gallery of Art
on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.
Washington, D.C.
The Gallery was authorized in 1937 by Congress. The Mellon tax trial[edit] The administration of President Franklin D. Roosevelt
Franklin D. Roosevelt
subjected Mellon to intense investigation of his personal income tax returns. The US Justice Department empaneled a grand jury, which declined to issue an indictment. Roosevelt hated Mellon, as the embodiment of everything he thought was bad about the 1920s; Mellon vehemently denied the charges. A two-year civil action beginning in 1935, dubbed the "Mellon Tax Trial", eventually exonerated Mellon, albeit several months after his death. Death[edit] Mellon died on August 26, 1937, in Southampton, Long Island, New York, and was buried at Trinity Episcopal Church Cemetery, Upperville, Virginia. Legacy[edit] The Andrew W. Mellon
Andrew W. Mellon
Foundation, the product of the merger of the Avalon Foundation and the Old Dominion Foundation (set up separately by his children), is named in his honor, as is the 378-foot US Coast Guard Cutter Mellon (WHEC-717). Washington, D.C.'s Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium and Andrew Mellon Building
Andrew Mellon Building
were both named in Mellon's honor as was the National Gallery of Art
National Gallery of Art
during its early years. The Andrew W. Mellon Memorial Fountain
Andrew W. Mellon Memorial Fountain
in Washington D.C., located just north of the National Gallery of Art, at Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania
Avenue, Constitution Avenue, and 6th Street NW was created by Sidney Waugh
Sidney Waugh
and dedicated on May 9, 1952, by Harry S. Truman
Harry S. Truman
as a memorial to Andrew Mellon. Books[edit]

Mellon, Andrew W. (1924). Taxation: The People's Business. New York: Macmillan. 229 pp.

In popular culture[edit] Andrew W. Mellon
Andrew W. Mellon
appears in the HBO
HBO
drama series Boardwalk Empire, in the fifth, eighth and twelfth episodes of the third season, in his capacity as Secretary of the Treasury. His character is played by Carnegie Mellon
Carnegie Mellon
alumnus James Cromwell. In the alternate history/time travel story "A Slip in Time" by S. M. Stirling,[30] featuring a history in which the First World War
First World War
was avoided and the Austro-Hungarian Empire
Austro-Hungarian Empire
survived, Andrew Mellon
Andrew Mellon
was the President of the United States
United States
in 1926. See also[edit]

Mellonomics In Sunlight, In a Beautiful Garden, a novel by Kathleen Cambor about the Johnstown flood. List of wealthiest historical figures List of richest Americans in history

Biography portal Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh
portal

References[edit]

^ a b c Cannadine, David. Mellon: An American Life. New York: A.A. Knopf, 2006. pp. 48-49, 165, 349, 392. ISBN 0-679-45032-7. ^ Bennett, Robert A. "Mellon Bank
Bank
stumbles over merger." Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, March 11, 1986. pp 17, 19. Google News Archive. Retrieved October 15, 2013. ^ Ingham, John N. Biographical Dictionary of American Business Leaders, Vol. 2. ISBN 0313239088. Google Books. Retrieved October 18, 2013. ^ Wondrich, David (2 September 2016). "The Rise & Fall of America's Oldest Whiskey". The Daily Beast. Retrieved 3 October 2016.  ^ a b c d e f Wondrich, David (12 September 2016). "How Pennsylvania Rye Whiskey Lost Its Way". The Daily Beast. Retrieved 3 October 2016.  ^ Love, Philip H. Andrew W. Mellon: The Man and His Work. Whitefish, MT: Kessinger, 2003. ISBN 978-0-7661-6111-5. Google Books. Retrieved July 12, 2013. ^ "Mellon Starts Real Vacation". Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh
Post-Gazette. July 30, 1931.  ^ Mellon, Andrew W. (1924). Taxation: The People's Business. New York: Macmillan. p. 13. ISBN 978-0-405-05101-2.  ^ a b Folsom, Burton W. Jr. (1987). The Myth of the Robber Barons. Young America's Foundation. ISBN 978-0-9630203-1-4.  ^ Thorndike, Joseph J. (24 Mar 2003). "Was Andrew Mellon
Andrew Mellon
Really the Supply Sider That Conservatives Like to Believe?". Tax History Project.  ^ Mellon, Andrew W. (1924). Taxation: The People's Business. New York: The Macmillan Company. pp. 56–57. Archived from the original on 28 April 2005. Retrieved 5 January 2014.  ^ Government Debt Chart: United States
United States
1920-1930 - Federal State Local Data. www.usgovernmentdebt.us. Retrieved on 2013-07-17. ^ a b Murnane, M. S. (2006). "The Mellon tax plan: The income tax and the penetration of marginalist economic thought into american life and law in the 1920s." Cleveland, OH: Case Western Reserve University, 2006. ISBN 0542958570. Google Books. Retrieved February 22, 2016. ^ Ward, D. (n.d.). Population Growth, Migration, and Urbanization, 1860-1920. Population Growth, Migration, and Urbanization, 1860-1920. Retrieved October 6, 2014, from "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2014-10-09. Retrieved 2014-10-07.  ^ Hoover, Herbert. The Memoirs of Herbert Hoover, Volume 3: The Great Depression. Archived 2008-12-17 at the Wayback Machine. Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum. www.hoover.nara.gov. Retrieved October 18, 2013. ^ White, Lawrence H. "Did Hayek and Robbins Deepen the Great Depression?," Journal of Money, Credit and Banking, Vol. 40, No. 4, (June 2008), pp. 758-60. ^ "Mellon Denies Liquor Interests." The Free Lance-Star (Fredericksburg, Virginia), September 27, 1928. Google News Archives. Retrieved February 6, 2013. ^ Dailey, Ruth Ann (March 26, 2012). "The Mystery of Mellon's Motive". Post-Gazette. Pittsburgh.  and Barcousky, Len (January 8, 2012). "Eyewitness 1932: Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh
minister leads 'army' to D.C." Post-Gazette. Pittsburgh.  ^ " Wright Patman
Wright Patman
Impeachment motion - Andrew Mellon." Congressional Record - House, 1932, pp.1398–1401. www.scribd.com. Retrieved October 18, 2013. ^ "National Affairs: Texan, Texan & Texan". TIME. 25 Jan 1932.  www.time.com. Retrieved October 18, 2013. ^ a b "Mary Conover." www.thepeerage.com. Retrieved November 18, 2014. ^ "Milestones: Jun. 11, 1928". TIME. 11 June 1928.  www.time.com. Retrieved October 18, 2013. ^ "Names make news". TIME. August 18, 1930. Retrieved 2009-03-30.  ^ The 1937 Owl. University of Pittsburgh. 1937. p. 32. Retrieved 2009-06-07.  ^ Alberts, Robert C. (1986). Pitt: The Story of the University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh
1787–1987. University of Pittsburgh
University of Pittsburgh
Press. p. 47. ISBN 0-8229-1150-7. Retrieved 2009-06-07.  ^ Starrett, Agnes Lynch (1937). Through one hundred and fifty years: the University of Pittsburgh. University of Pittsburgh
University of Pittsburgh
Press. p. 256. Retrieved 2009-06-07.  ^ Alberts, Robert C. (1986). Pitt: The Story of the University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh
1787–1987. University of Pittsburgh
University of Pittsburgh
Press. p. 182. ISBN 0-8229-1150-7. Retrieved 2009-06-07.  ^ The Philanthropy Hall of Fame, Andrew Mellon ^ Laurent, Stefan. "Historic Pittsburgh
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Chronology". Historic Pittsburgh. University of Pittsburgh. Retrieved 17 September 2013.  ^ Published in "Multiverse:Exploring Poul Anderson's worlds, edited by Greg Bear
Greg Bear
and Gardner Dozois, Subterranean Press, Boston, 2014

Bibliography[edit]

Cannadine, David. Mellon: An American Life. New York: A.A. Knopf, 2006. ISBN 0-679-45032-7. Finley, David Edward. A Standard of Excellence: Andrew W. Mellon Founds the National Gallery of Art. Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1975. ISBN 0874741327. Folsom, Burton W., Jr. The Myth of the Robber Barons (A New Look at the Rise of Big Business in America). Herndon, Virginia: Young America's Foundation, 1991. ISBN 0963020315. Holbrook, Stewart H. The Age of the Moguls. New York: Harmony Books, 1985. ISBN 0517556790 (Original work published 1953). Koskoff, David E. The Mellons: The Chronicle of America's Richest Family. New York: Thomas Y. Crowell, 1978. ISBN 0690011903. Mellon, Andrew. Taxation: The People's Business. S.I.: Gale, 2011. ISBN 124012709X (Original work published 1924). O'Connor, Harvey. Mellon's Millions, the Biography of a Fortune: The Life and Times of Andrew W. Mellon. New York: John Day Company, 1933. ISBN 9110118934. Thorndike, Joseph J. (24 March 2003). "Was Andrew Mellon
Andrew Mellon
Really the Supply Sider That Conservatives Like to Believe?". Tax History Project. "Andrew W. Mellon." U.S. Treasury.

External links[edit]

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Wikisource
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has the text of a 1922 Encyclopædia Britannica
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article about Andrew W. Mellon.

The Andrew W. Mellon – Mellon Foundation Biography by David Cannadine The Andrew W. Mellon
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Foundation Overview of Mellon Tax Cut Plans Andrew W. Mellon
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and the National Gallery Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh
Post-Gazette article on history of the Mellons and Mellon Financial Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh
Post-Gazette series on Mellon's involvement in the oil industry and mid-east oil "Andrew Mellon". Find a Grave. Retrieved August 9, 2010.  "The Published Writings of Herbert Hoover." Herbert Hoover Presidential Library. Newspaper clippings about Andrew Mellon
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in the 20th Century Press Archives of the German National Library of Economics
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(ZBW).

Political offices

Preceded by David F. Houston U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Served under: Warren G. Harding, Calvin Coolidge, Herbert Hoover March 4, 1921 – February 12, 1932 Succeeded by Ogden L. Mills

Diplomatic posts

Preceded by Charles G. Dawes US Ambassador to the United Kingdom 1932–1933 Succeeded by Robert Worth Bingham

Awards and achievements

Preceded by Edward M. House Cover of Time Magazine 2 July 1923 Succeeded by Mason M. Patrick

Preceded by John D. Rockefeller Cover of Time Magazine 28 May 1928 Succeeded by John Dewey

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James J. Davis
James J. Davis
(1923–29)

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Cabinet of President Herbert Hoover
Herbert Hoover
(1929–33)

Vice President

Charles Curtis
Charles Curtis
(1929–33)

Secretary of State

Frank B. Kellogg
Frank B. Kellogg
(1929) Henry L. Stimson
Henry L. Stimson
(1929–33)

Secretary of the Treasury

Andrew W. Mellon
Andrew W. Mellon
(1929–32) Ogden L. Mills
Ogden L. Mills
(1932–33)

Secretary of War

James W. Good (1929) Patrick J. Hurley
Patrick J. Hurley
(1929–33)

Attorney General

William DeWitt Mitchell (1929–33)

Postmaster General

Walter F. Brown (1929–33)

Secretary of the Navy

Charles F. Adams, III (1929–33)

Secretary of the Interior

Ray Lyman Wilbur
Ray Lyman Wilbur
(1929–33)

Secretary of Agriculture

Arthur M. Hyde
Arthur M. Hyde
(1929–33)

Secretary of Commerce

Robert P. Lamont
Robert P. Lamont
(1929–32) Roy D. Chapin
Roy D. Chapin
(1932–33)

Secretary of Labor

James J. Davis
James J. Davis
(1929–30) William N. Doak
William N. Doak
(1930–33)

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Ambassadors of the United States
United States
of America to the Court of St. James's

Ministers Plenipotentiary to the Court of St. James's 1785–1811

John Adams
John Adams
(1785–1788) Thomas Pinckney
Thomas Pinckney
(1792–1796) Rufus King
Rufus King
(1796–1803) James Monroe
James Monroe
(1803–1807) William Pinkney
William Pinkney
(1808–1811) Jonathan Russell
Jonathan Russell
(chargé d'affaires) (1811–1812)

Envoys Extraordinary and Ministers Plenipotentiary to the Court of St. James's 1815–1893

John Quincy Adams
John Quincy Adams
(1815–1817) Richard Rush
Richard Rush
(1818–1825) Rufus King
Rufus King
(1825–1826) Albert Gallatin
Albert Gallatin
(1826–1827) James Barbour
James Barbour
(1828–1829) Louis McLane
Louis McLane
(1829–1831) Martin Van Buren
Martin Van Buren
(1831–1832) Aaron Vail (chargé d'affaires) (1832–1836) Andrew Stevenson
Andrew Stevenson
(1836–1841) Edward Everett
Edward Everett
(1841–1845) Louis McLane
Louis McLane
(1845–1846) George Bancroft
George Bancroft
(1846–1849) Abbott Lawrence
Abbott Lawrence
(1849–1852) Joseph R. Ingersoll (1852–1853) James Buchanan
James Buchanan
(1853–1856) George M. Dallas
George M. Dallas
(1856–1861) Charles Adams Sr. (1861–1868) Reverdy Johnson
Reverdy Johnson
(1868–1869) John Lothrop Motley
John Lothrop Motley
(1869–1870) Robert C. Schenck
Robert C. Schenck
(1871–1876) Edwards Pierrepont
Edwards Pierrepont
(1876–1877) John Welsh (1877–1879) James Russell Lowell
James Russell Lowell
(1880–1885) Edward J. Phelps (1885–1889) Robert Todd Lincoln
Robert Todd Lincoln
(1889–1893)

Ambassadors Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Court of St. James's 1893–present

Thomas F. Bayard
Thomas F. Bayard
Sr. (1893–1897) John Hay
John Hay
(1897–1898) Joseph Choate (1899–1905) Whitelaw Reid
Whitelaw Reid
(1905–1912) Walter Page (1913-1918) John W. Davis
John W. Davis
(1918–1921) George Harvey (1921–1923) Frank B. Kellogg
Frank B. Kellogg
(1924–1925) Alanson B. Houghton
Alanson B. Houghton
(1925–1929) Charles G. Dawes
Charles G. Dawes
(1929–1931) Andrew W. Mellon
Andrew W. Mellon
(1932–1933) Robert Bingham (1933–1937) Joseph P. Kennedy (1938–1940) John G. Winant (1941–1946) W. Averell Harriman
W. Averell Harriman
(1946) Lewis W. Douglas (1947–1950) Walter S. Gifford (1950–1953) Winthrop W. Aldrich
Winthrop W. Aldrich
(1953–1957) John Hay
John Hay
Whitney (1957–1961) David K. E. Bruce (1961–1969) Walter H. Annenberg (1969–1974) Elliot L. Richardson (1975–1976) Anne Armstrong (1976–1977) Kingman Brewster Jr. (1977–1981) John J. Louis Jr. (1981–1983) Charles H. Price II
Charles H. Price II
(1983–1989) Henry E. Catto Jr. (1989–1991) Raymond G. H. Seitz (1991–1994) William J. Crowe
William J. Crowe
(1994–1997) Philip Lader
Philip Lader
(1997–2001) William Stamps Farish III
William Stamps Farish III
(2001–2004) Robert H. Tuttle
Robert H. Tuttle
(2005–2009) Louis Susman
Louis Susman
(2009–2013) Matthew Barzun
Matthew Barzun
(2013–2017) Woody Johnson
Woody Johnson
(2017– )

Authority control

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