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Roy Owen West

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Roy West
30th United States Secretary of the Interior
In office
July 25, 1928 – March 4, 1929
PresidentCalvin Coolidge
Preceded byHubert Work
Succeeded byRay Lyman Wilbur
Personal details
Ray Owen West

(1868-10-27)October 27, 1868
Georgetown, Illinois, U.S.
DiedNovember 29, 1958(1958-11-29) (aged 90)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Resting placeRosehill Cemetery
Political partyRepublican
SpouseLouise McWilliams
EducationDePauw University (BA)

Roy Owen West (October 27, 1868 – November 29, 1958) was a Chicago politician who served as U.S. Secretary of the Interior from 1928 until 1929 in President Calvin Coolidge's cabinet.



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.[1] West served as assistant attorney for the Cook County, Illinois and then as city attorney for Chicago.[1] 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.[1] West served as the Secretary to the GOP National Committee from 1924 until 1928.[1] 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.[2] During World War II, West worked as a federal hearing officer for conscientious objector cases.[1]

He died in Chicago, Illinois, and was buried in Rosehill Cemetery there. The Roy O. West Library at DePauw University was named for him.


  1. ^ a b c d e "Roy O. West, 90, Former US Aide", The New York Times, December 1, 1958
  2. ^ "Roy O. West Dead at 90; Elder Statesman of GOP", The Washington Post and Times-Herald, December 2, 1958.
Political offices
Preceded by U.S. Secretary of the Interior
Served under: Calvin Coolidge

July 25, 1928 – March 4, 1929
Succeeded by