Robert P. Lamont

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Robert P. Lamont
5th United States Secretary of Commerce
In office
March 5, 1929 – August 7, 1932
President Herbert Hoover
Preceded by William F. Whiting
Succeeded by Roy D. Chapin
Personal details
Born Robert Patterson Lamont
(1867-12-01)December 1, 1867
Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
Died February 20, 1948(1948-02-20) (aged 80)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Resting place Unknown
Spouse(s) Helen Gertrude Trotter Lamont
Children Robert Patterson Lamont, Jr.
Gertrude Lamont
Dorothy Lamont
Alma mater University of Michigan
Profession Politician

Robert Patterson Lamont (December 1, 1867 – February 20, 1948) was United States Secretary of Commerce March 5, 1929 to August 7, 1932 during the administration of Herbert Hoover. He was commerce secretary during difficult times for commerce, as a result of the Great Depression.


West View Farms, Lamont's estate in Lake Forest, Illinois from 1925 to 1934, was designed by Howard Van Doren Shaw.

Lamont was born in Detroit, Michigan on December 1, 1867, to son Isabella (née Patterson) and the Robert Lamont. He educated at the University of Michigan, graduating in 1891 with a degree in civil engineering. He worked as an engineer at the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago, Illinois. Lamont married Helen Gertrude Trotter on October 24, 1894. They had three children: (Robert Patterson II, Gertrude and Dorothy Lamont). In 1897, he was hired by the Simplex Railway Appliance Company as first vice president. In 1905, the company was bought out by American Steel Foundries and Lamont remained a vice president. In 1912, he was appointed company president, a position he held until his Hoover administration appointment in 1929. Lamont was Secretary of Commerce from 1929 until 1932, when he resigned in order to become president of the American Iron and Steel Institute, where he stayed until 1934. Lamont died in Chicago, Illinois, in 1948.[1][2][3]


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  2. ^ Press Reference Library (Western edition). Notables of the West (1915), Being the Portraits and Biographies of the Progressive Men of the West ..., Internat. News Service, pp. 442– 
  3. ^ Hoover, Herbert (3 August 1932). "Statement on the Resignation of Robert P. Lamont as Secretary of Commerce.". The American Presidency Project. U of California, Santa Barbara. Retrieved 15 October 2014. 
Political offices
Preceded by
William F. Whiting
U.S. Secretary of Commerce
Served under: Herbert Hoover

March 5, 1929 – August 1932
Succeeded by
Roy D. Chapin