Henry Parker Willis

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Henry Parker Willis
Born (1874-08-14)August 14, 1874
Weymouth, Massachusetts
Died July 18, 1937(1937-07-18) (aged 62)
Institution Columbia University
George Washington University
Washington and Lee University
Alma mater University of Chicago
James Laurence Laughlin
Charles P. Kindleberger

Henry Parker Willis (August 14, 1874 – July 18, 1937)[1] was an American financial expert.


He was born at Weymouth, Massachusetts, the son of Universalist minister and suffragist Olympia Brown. He graduated from the University of Chicago with a Ph.D in 1897 and was a member of Alpha Kappa Psi professional business fraternity.

Willis taught economics and political science at Washington and Lee University. He was professor of economics at George Washington University and lectured at Columbia University, becoming a professor of economics there in 1919.[2]

He served as an expert to the Ways and Means and Banking and Currency committees of the United States House of Representatives, and in other positions. Willis was the first Secretary of the Federal Reserve Board, serving between 1914 and 1918.[3]

Willis also served as the first president of the Philippine National Bank.[4] In 1926, he was appointed the chairman of the Commission of Inquiry into Banking and the Issue of Notes, a committee established by the government of the Irish Free State to determine what changes were necessary in relation to banking and banknote issue, which recommended the creation of a new currency for the state.[5]



  1. ^ "Subjects of Biographies". Dictionary of American Biography. Comprehensive Index. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons. 1990. 
  2. ^ "The double life of H. Parker Willis". The Journal of Commerce. Archived from the original on 2007-09-12. Retrieved 2008-01-24. 
  3. ^ David Hammes. "Locating Federal Reserve Districts and Headquarters Cities". Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Archived from the original on 2007-12-19. 
  4. ^ "Dollar Doctors". Time Magazine. 1929-05-13. Retrieved 2008-101-25.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  5. ^ "Seanad Éireann - Volume 155 - 14 May 1998 Banking System: Statements". Retrieved 2008-01-24.