Stella Hackel Sims

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Stella Hackel, Vermont Treasurer and Director of the U.S. Mint

Stella Hackel Sims (born 1926) was Director of the United States Mint from 1977 to 1981.


Stella Bloomberg was born in 1926 in Burlington, Vermont.[1] She was educated at the University of Vermont, graduating in 1945, and at the Boston University School of Law, receiving her J.D. in 1948.[1]

In 1949 she married Donald H. Hackel (1925--1985). In 1956 she was elected prosecutor of Rutland, Vermont, holding that office until 1963.[1] From 1963 to 1973, she was Commissioner of the Vermont Department of Employment Security.[1] In 1971-72, she was also President of the Interstate Conference of Employment Security Agencies.[1]

She was the successful Democratic Party nominee for Vermont State Treasurer in 1974 and served one term, 1975 to 1977.[1] She was the unsuccessful Democratic nominee for Governor of Vermont in 1976, losing the general election to Richard A. Snelling.[1] She was succeeded as Treasurer by Emory A. Hebard and returned to Rutland as city attorney.[1]

In 1977, President of the United States Jimmy Carter named Hackel Director of the United States Mint, and she held this office from November 1977 to April 1981.[1] In that capacity, she oversaw the creation of the Susan B. Anthony dollar in 1979. During her time at the Mint she remarried and became known as Stella Hackel Sims.[1]

Hackel Sims retired in 1988, settling in Arlington, Virginia and Naples, Florida.[1][2]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Profile from Vermont Women's History Project
  2. ^ Resolution 11-12864, Naples, Florida City Council, April 6, 2011
Government offices
Preceded by
Mary Brooks
Director of the United States Mint
November 1977 – April 1981
Succeeded by
Donna Pope