Robert P. Lamont

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Robert P. Lamont
5th United States Secretary of Commerce
In office
March 5, 1929 – August 7, 1932
President Herbert Hoover
Preceded by William F. Whiting
Succeeded by Roy D. Chapin
Personal details
Born Robert Patterson Lamont
(1867-12-01)December 1, 1867
Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
Died February 20, 1948(1948-02-20) (aged 80)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Resting place Unknown
Spouse(s) Helen Gertrude Trotter Lamont
Children Robert Patterson Lamont, Jr.
Gertrude Lamont
Dorothy Lamont
Alma mater University of Michigan
Profession Politician

Robert Patterson Lamont (December 1, 1867 – February 20, 1948) was United States Secretary of Commerce March 5, 1929 to August 7, 1932 during the administration of Herbert Hoover. He was commerce secretary during difficult times for commerce, as a result of the Great Depression.

Lamont was born in Detroit, Michigan on December 1, 1867, to son Isabella (née Patterson) and the Robert Lamont. He educated at the University of Michigan, graduating in 1891 with a degree in civil engineering. He worked as an engineer at the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago, Illinois. Lamont married Helen Gertrude Trotter on October 24, 1894. They are had three children: (Robert Patterson II, Gertrude and Dorothy Lamont). In 1897, he was hired by the Simplex Railway Appliance Company as first vice president. In 1905, the company was bought out by American Steel Foundries and Lamont remained a vice president. In 1912, he was appointed company president, a position he held until his Hoover administration appointment. From 1932 to 1934, he was president of the American Iron and Steel Institute.

West View Farms, Lamont's estate in Lake Forest, Illinois from 1925 to 1934, was designed by Howard Van Doren Shaw.

In 1916, Lamont constructed a retreat home in northern Wisconsin called Summerwind. Summerwind is known as one of the most haunted places in America, with Lamont himself firing a pistol at an apparition. Lamont died in Chicago, Illinois, in 1948.[1]


Political offices
Preceded by
William F. Whiting
U.S. Secretary of Commerce
Served under: Herbert Hoover

March 5, 1929 – August 1932
Succeeded by
Roy D. Chapin