Daniel W. Bell
|Daniel W. Bell|
|Director of the United States Bureau of the Budget|
September 1, 1934 – April 14, 1939
|Preceded by||Lewis W. Douglas|
|Succeeded by||Harold D. Smith|
|United States Undersecretary of the Treasury|
|Born||Daniel Wafena Bell
July 23, 1891
|Died||October 4, 1971
|Political party||Democratic Party|
Daniel Wafena Bell (July 23, 1891 – October 4, 1971) was an American civil servant and businessman. Born in Kinderhook, Illinois, he was acting director of the Bureau of the Budget (now the Office of Management and Budget) from September 1, 1934 until April 14, 1939.
He left the post to serve as Undersecretary of the Treasury. Bell negotiated with Colonel Kenneth Nichols for the transfer of silver from the West Point Depository to the Manhattan Project, to substitute for scarce copper in the electromagnets used in the electromagnetic separation process at the Y-12 National Security Complex; eventually about 14,700 tons of silver was used. Nichols initially said he needed six thousand tons of silver, but neither of them could convert the weight to troy ounces. When Nichols said What difference does it make how we express the quantity Bell replied Young man, you may think of silver in tons, but the Treasury will always think of silver in troy ounces.
- Olson, J.S. (2001). Historical Dictionary of the Great Depression, 1929-1940. Greenwood Press. p. 29. ISBN 9780313306181. Retrieved 2015-01-05.
- Nichols, K. D. The Road to Trinity page 42 (1987, Morrow, New York) ISBN 0-688-06910-X
- "archives | baltimoresun.com - Daniel W. Bell is dead at 80". pqasb.pqarchiver.com. Retrieved 2015-01-05.
|Director of the Office of Management and Budget
Served under: Franklin D. Roosevelt
Harold D. Smith
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