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How Many Have There Been?

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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?

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 terms of office.

*Secretaries of the Treasury, Presidents

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

Richard E. Walrath is a former budget analyst and co-owner of the Articles and Answers News and Information sites - and


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