Seymour Parker Gilbert

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Seymour Parker Gilbert
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Photo from 1931
Assistant Secretary of the Treasury
In office
June 1920 – June 1921
Preceded by Russell Cornell Leffingwell
Under Secretary of the Treasury
In office
June 1921 – 1923
Agent General of Reparations
In office
October 1924 – May 1930
Personal details
Born (1892-10-13)October 13, 1892
Bloomfield, NJ
Died February 23, 1938(1938-02-23) (aged 45)
New York City
Alma mater Rutgers College
Harvard Law School

Seymour Parker Gilbert (October 13, 1892 - February 23, 1938) was an American lawyer, banker, politician and diplomat. He is chiefly known for being Agent General for Reparations to Germany, from October 1924 to May 1930. Afterwards, in 1931, he became an associate at J. P. Morgan.


From 1915-1918, he practiced law with Cravath and Henderson in New York.

At age 27, he was offered a cabinet post in the Wilson Administration, as Assistant Secretary of the Treasury, and continued to serve in the Harding Administration. In 1924, he was appointed Agent General for Reparations by the Allied Reparations Commission, succeeding the temporary Owen D. Young. In that capacity, he was responsible for the execution of the Dawes Plan. Under the Young Plan, the Bank for International Settlements was created, nullifying the position of Parker Gilbert.

Gilbert served as Under Secretary of the Treasury from June 1921 – 1923 as well as Agent General of Reparations from October 1924 until May 1930. Afterwards, in 1931, he became an associate at J. P. Morgan.

Education and personal life[edit]

Parker Gilbert was the son of Seymour Parker and Carrie Jennings (Cooper) Gilbert. Gilbert was educated at Rutgers College, and received a L.L.B. from Harvard Law School, where he was the editor of the Harvard Law Review from 1913-1915. He died at age 45, from a heart attack. His son S. Parker Gilbert, born 1934, was chairman of Morgan Stanley during the 1980s. After his death, his wife, Louise Todd, married Harold Stanley, the co-founder of Morgan Stanley.


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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Gen. Wu Pei-fu
Cover of Time Magazine
15 September 1924
Succeeded by
Leo H. Baekeland