Harry Hopkins

Politician + 8th United States Secretary of Commerce
Born Aug 17, 1890

Harry Lloyd Hopkins was an advisor to U.S. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. He was one of the architects of the New Deal, especially the relief programs of the Works Progress Administration (WPA), which he directed and built into the largest employer in the country. In World War II he was Roosevelt's chief diplomatic advisor and troubleshooter and was a key policy maker in the $50 billion Lend Lease program that sent aid to the Allied nations.… Read More

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1890 Birth Born in 1890.


1912 22 Years Old Hopkins attended Grinnell College and soon after his graduation in 1912 took a job with Christodora House, a social settlement house in New York City's Lower East Side ghetto.
1913 23 Years Old 1 More Event
In the spring of 1913, he accepted a position from John A. Kingsbury of the New York Association for Improving the Condition of the Poor (AICP) as "friendly visitor" and superintendent of the Employment Bureau within the AICP's Department of Family Welfare.
1915 25 Years Old 1 More Event
During the 1915 recession, Hopkins and the AICP's William Matthews, with $5,000 from Elizabeth Milbank Anderson's Milbank Memorial Fund, organized the Bronx Park Employment program, one of the first public employment programs in the U.S.
1917 27 Years Old Hopkins at first opposed America's entrance into World War I, but, when war was declared in 1917, he supported it enthusiastically. … Read More


1921 31 Years Old Eventually, the Gulf Division of the Red Cross merged with the Southwestern Division and Hopkins, headquartered now in Atlanta, was appointed general manager in 1921.
1922 32 Years Old In 1922, Hopkins returned to New York City where the AICP was involved with the Milbank Memorial Fund and the State Charities Aid Association in running three health demonstrations in New York State. … Read More
1923 33 Years Old Hopkins helped draft a charter for the American Association of Social Workers (AASW) and was elected its president in 1923.
1924 34 Years Old In mid-1924 he became executive director of the New York Tuberculosis Association. During his tenure, the agency grew enormously and absorbed the New York Heart Association. In 1931, New York Governor Franklin D. Roosevelt named R. H. Macy's department store president Jesse Straus as president of the Temporary Emergency Relief Administration (TERA). … Read More


1930 40 Years Old They had three sons: David, Robert, and Stephen, and though Gross divorced Hopkins in 1930 shortly before Hopkins became a public figure, the two kept up an intimate correspondence until 1945.
1931 41 Years Old In 1931, Hopkins married Barbara Duncan, who died of cancer six years later. … Read More
1932 42 Years Old His efficient administration of the initial $20 million outlay to the agency gained Roosevelt's attention, and in 1932, he promoted Hopkins to the presidency of the agency. … Read More
1933 43 Years Old In March 1933, Roosevelt summoned Hopkins to Washington as federal relief administrator. … Read More


During the war years, Hopkins acted as Roosevelt's unofficial emissary to British Prime Minister Winston Churchill. In January 1941 Roosevelt dispatched Hopkins to assess Britain's determination and situation. … Read More
1942 52 Years Old 1 More Event
Roosevelt brought him along as advisor to his meetings with Churchill and Stalin at Cairo, Tehran, Casablanca in 1942-43, and Yalta in 1945. … Read More
1943 53 Years Old Hopkins ended his long White House stay on December 21, 1943, moving with his wife to a Georgetown townhouse. … Read More
1946 56 Years Old Hopkins died in New York City on January 29, 1946, at the age of 55. … Read More
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