Lewis Williams Douglas

Lewis Williams Douglas

Politician and American Businessman
Born Jul 2, 1894

Lewis Williams Douglas was an American politician, diplomat, businessman and academic.

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1894 Birth Born on July 2, 1894.


1912 18 Years Old He spent two years at Hackley School before transferring to Montclair Academy, where he won awards for both academic success and character development, graduating in the class of 1912.


1916 - 1917 2 More Events
1918 24 Years Old 1 More Event
Initially assigned to the field artillery, he later served as an assistant to General H. A. Greene, the commander of the 91st Infantry Division and was promoted to First Lieutenant in the spring of 1918.
1919 25 Years Old Upon his discharge in February 1919, Douglas returned to Jerome, Arizona, where he renewed his acquaintance with Margaret "Peggy" Zinsser, with whom he soon fell in love. … Read More
1921 27 Years Old After marrying Peggy on June 18, 1921, the young couple moved to Jerome, where Lewis took a job at his father's United Verde Extension mine.
1922 28 Years Old In the summer of 1922, Douglas agreed to run as a candidate for one of the Jerome area's seats in the Arizona State House of Representatives. … Read More


1924 30 Years Old Though some newspapers anticipated that he would seek election to the state senate in 1924, Douglas declined to run for any public office, pursuing a number of business ventures instead.
1926 32 Years Old When Carl Hayden, Arizona's lone Congressman, announced that he would challenge the state's incumbent junior senator, Ralph H. Cameron, in 1926, Douglas decided to enter the race to succeed Hayden. … Read More
1932 38 Years Old Though he would have preferred a more conservative candidate, Douglas nonetheless loyally supported Franklin D. Roosevelt as the Democratic Party's nominee in the 1932 presidential election. … Read More
1933 39 Years Old Douglas's time as budget director proved frustrating. While he supported the Emergency Banking Act, the Economy Act, and relief organizations such as the Civilian Conservation Corps as necessary in the economic crisis, he objected to legislation such as the Agricultural Adjustment Act, the Tennessee Valley Authority Act, and the Securities Act of 1933 as excessive governmental intervention in the economy. … Read More


1934 40 Years Old When Douglas learned in June 1934 that Roosevelt planned to request an appropriation of $600 million on top of $2.5 billion appropriation that had already been spent, the news proved to be too much for the budget director, who informed the president of his decision to resign on August 30, 1934.
1936 42 Years Old Faced with a number of offers from universities and the private sector, Douglas accepted the vice-presidency of the American Cyanamid Company and moved to New York City. He also remained involved in politics, and Republican presidential nominee Alf Landon wanted to name Douglas as his vice presidential candidate during the 1936 presidential election but was dissuaded from doing so by party leaders. … Read More
1937 43 Years Old In August 1937, Douglas was approached by Sir Edward Beatty about becoming principal of McGill University in Montreal, Canada.
1938 44 Years Old Bored with his job at American Cyanamid, Douglas accepted and was installed on January 7, 1938. … Read More
1939 45 Years Old 1 More Event
Yet while Douglas did modify tenure policies so as to make it easier to remove radical faculty members, he resisted efforts to restrict the free-speech of faculty, especially as debates over Canada's role in international affairs heated up in 1939.
1940 46 Years Old Nonetheless, Douglas campaigned for Wendell Willkie in the 1940 presidential election, largely because of Roosevelt's violation of the "two-term" tradition. … Read More
1942 48 Years Old …  From 1942-1947, Douglas served as a trustee before being appointed as the United States Ambassador to the United Kingdom in 1947.


1944 - 1947 2 More Events
1948 54 Years Old Because of this, he played an important role in the passage and implementation of the Marshall Plan as it related to the United Kingdom, and was closely involved in coordinating the American and British response to the Berlin Blockade in 1948.
1949 55 Years Old 1 More Event
In April 1949 he suffered an accident while fly fishing that permanently damaged his left eye and restricted his involvement in official matters while he underwent a slow and incomplete recovery. … Read More
1950 56 Years Old After resigning from the ambassadorship in 1950, Douglas returned to the United States and settled in Tucson, Arizona.


1964 70 Years Old While typically endorsing Republicans, he remained a Democrat and supported Lyndon B. Johnson over Barry Goldwater in the 1964 presidential election out of concerns for Goldwater's suitability for the presidency.
1974 80 Years Old Douglas died in Tucson, Arizona on March 7, 1974 from complications following surgery to remove an intestinal obstruction. … Read More
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