John Skelton Williams
|John Skelton Williams|
July 6, 1865|
Powhatan County, Virginia
|Died||November 4, 1926
|Spouse(s)||Lila Lefebvre Issacs|
|Children||John Skelton Williams Jr, Hubert Skelton Williams|
|Parent(s)||John Langbourne Williams and Maria Skelton Williams|
John Skelton Williams was a leading southern financier. He served as the Comptroller of the Currency under President Woodrow Wilson from 1914 to 1921 after serving as Assistant Secretary of the Treasury. Previously, he had organized the Seaboard Air Line Railway into a single company, and served as its president from 1900 to 1903.
Williams was Comptroller throughout World War I. Under his leadership, the agency worked closely with the War Finance Corporation, which was established in 1918 to provide credit to businesses, including banks, to promote the war effort. During William's term, legislation was passed allowing the consolidation of two or more banks. A segregationist, he imposed segregation on the Bureau of Engraving and Printing and ended promotions for black workers.
- Yellin, Eric Steven. Racism in the Nation's Service: Government Workers and the Color Line. UNC Press. pp. 117–9, 123–4.
- John Moody and George Kibbe Turner (1911). "The Masters of Capital in America," McClure's Magazine, Vol. XXXVI, No. 3.
- Garet Garrett (1920). "The Whirling Pyramid," The New Republic, November 3.
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- The Soul in the Dollar
- Biographical/Historical Information, John Skelton Williams Papers, University of Virginia Library
Lawrence O. Murray
|Comptroller of the Currency
Daniel Richard Crissinger