Carter Glass

Glass, Carter, 1858–1946, American politician, U.S. Secretary of the Treasury (1918–20), U.S. Senator from Virginia (1920–46), b. Lynchburg, Va. He learned the printer's trade and became owner of the Lynchburg Daily News and Daily Advance. Glass became prominent in local politics, then served (1902–18) in the House of Representatives. As chairman of the House Committee on Banking and Currency, he was active in the framing of the Federal Reserve System. In 1918 he became Secretary of the Treasury under President Wilson, but in 1920 he resigned to become Senator from Virginia by appointment. Elected Senator for the balance of the term, he was reelected four times, serving until his death. He violently opposed President Franklin Delano Roosevelt's monetary and New Deal policies, but supported Roosevelt's foreign policy.

See biography by R. Smith and N. Beasely (1939, repr. 1972).

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