John P. LaWare

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John LaWare
Member of the Federal Reserve Board of Governors
In office
August 15, 1988 – April 30, 1995
PresidentRonald Reagan
George H. W. Bush
Bill Clinton
Preceded byHenry Wallich
Succeeded byLaurence Meyer
Personal details
Born(1928-02-20)February 20, 1928
Columbus, Wisconsin, U.S.
DiedDecember 13, 2004(2004-12-13) (aged 76)
Brunswick, Georgia, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
EducationHarvard University (BA)
University of Pennsylvania (MA)

John P. LaWare (February 20, 1928 – December 13, 2004) was an American banker who served as a member of the Federal Reserve Board of Governors from 1988 to 1995.

Early life and education[edit]

LaWare was a native of Columbus, Wisconsin. He was born on February 20, 1928. After receiving a B.A. in biology from Harvard College in 1950, he earned a M.A. in political science from the University of Pennsylvania in 1951, after which he was in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War.[1]

Banking career[edit]

In 1953, LaWare joined Chemical Bank, where he worked for 25 years, rising to senior vice president of marketing. In 1978, he joined Shawmut Bank in Boston, Massachusetts, as president. Two years later, he became chairman and CEO of both Shawmut Bank in Boston and its holding company, Shawmut Corporation. During his time at Shawmut, he was chairman of the Massachusetts Business Roundtable, chairman of the Massachusetts Bankers Association and Children's Hospital in Boston. He was also a director of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston.[2]

Federal Reserve[edit]

President Reagan nominated LaWare to the Federal Reserve Board in 1988. In spite of the fact that LaWare was a Democrat, Senator William Proxmire (Democrat, Wisconsin) initially opposed his nomination, but eventually he was confirmed by the Senate. He was on the Federal Reserve Board until 1995.[1]


LaWare received honorary doctors' degrees from Suffolk University and Northeastern University. He was also honored as a Distinguished Citizen by the Boy Scouts of America, the Minuteman Council and the College of Business of Northeastern University. He died in 2004.[3]


  1. ^ a b Bernard S. Katz, ed. (1992). Biographical Dictionary of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve. Westport, Connecticut: Greenwood Press. p. 158-9.
  2. ^ "Federal Reserve History". Archived from the original on February 26, 2014. Retrieved May 4, 2014.
  3. ^ "John P. LaWare". Federal Reserve History. Archived from the original on February 26, 2014.
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