Roy Owen West
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|30th United States Secretary of the Interior|
July 25, 1928 – March 4, 1929
|Preceded by||Hubert Work|
|Succeeded by||Ray Lyman Wilbur|
Ray Owen West
October 27, 1868
Georgetown, Illinois, U.S.
|Died||November 29, 1958 (aged 90)|
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
|Resting place||Rosehill Cemetery|
|Education||DePauw University (BA)|
West was born in Georgetown, Illinois, on October 27, 1868, the son of Helen Anna Yapp and Pleasant West. He graduated from DePauw University and was the admitted to the Illinois bar in 1890. West served as assistant attorney for the Cook County, Illinois and then as city attorney for Chicago. In 1898, West was elected to the Chicago Board of Review.
West formed a close political alliance with future Governor of Illinois Charles S. Deneen. West served as the Secretary to the GOP National Committee from 1924 until 1928. President Coolidge appointed West United States Secretary of the Interior from 1928 until before Hoover's inauguration in 1929, but after his cabinet service, West returned to Illinois. He was a member of the National Methodist Board of Education from 1936 to 1940. During World War II, West worked as a federal hearing officer for conscientious objector cases.
- "Roy O. West, 90, Former US Aide", The New York Times, December 1, 1958
- "Roy O. West Dead at 90; Elder Statesman of GOP", The Washington Post and Times Herald, December 2, 1958.