Friedrich Johannes Hugo von Engelken

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Friedrich Johannes Hugo "F. H." von Engelken (1881–1930) was Director of the United States Mint from 1916 to 1917.

Biography[edit]

Mint Director Friedrich Johannes Hugo von Engelken. Seen on his Mint medal designed by George T. Morgan.

F. H. von Engelken was born in Denmark in 1881.[1] He later moved to Florida.[2] He married Louisiana Breckenridge Hart Gibson in 1906.[2]

In 1908, von Engelken was a member of the American Commission appointed by President of the United States Theodore Roosevelt to study rural credits in Western Europe.[2] He authored a minority report that was ultimately incorporated into the Federal Farm Loan Act of 1916 which created the Farm Credit System.[2]

In 1916, President Woodrow Wilson named von Engelken Director of the United States Mint and he subsequently held this office from September 1916 to March 1917.[2]

In 1917, he became president of the Federal Land Bank of the Third District.[2] He later became head of bond sales for the Farm Loan Board.[2]

Toward the end of World War I, United States Secretary of War Newton D. Baker recommended von Engelken for a major of engineers.[2] In 1919, he traveled to Europe to report on economic conditions.[2]

References[edit]

Government offices
Preceded by
Robert W. Woolley
Director of the United States Mint
September 1916 – March 1917
Succeeded by
Raymond T. Baker