Brown, Walter Folger (fōlˈjər) [key], 1869–1961, American cabinet officer, b. Massillon, Ohio. A lawyer of Toledo, Ohio, he became prominent in Republican politics and was (1927–29) Assistant Secretary of Commerce. As Postmaster General (1929–33) under President Hoover, Brown secured a reduction of air mail rates and a consolidation of air mail routes—policies that aided the development of commercial aviation.
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