Walter Folger Brown

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Walter Folger Brown
49th United States Postmaster General
In office
March 5, 1929 – March 4, 1933
PresidentHerbert Hoover
Preceded byHarry Stewart New
Succeeded byJames Farley
Personal details
Born(1869-05-31)May 31, 1869
Massillon, Ohio, U.S.
DiedJanuary 26, 1961(1961-01-26) (aged 91)
Toledo, Ohio, U.S.
Resting placeWoodlawn Cemetery
Political partyRepublican
Katharin Hafer
(m. 1903; died 1960)

Walter Folger Brown (May 31, 1869 – January 26, 1961) was Postmaster General of the United States from March 5, 1929 to March 4, 1933 under Herbert Hoover's administration.


Brown was born in Massillon, Ohio, to Lavinia (née Folger) and James Marshal Brown. He was best known from his involvement in the Air Mail scandal. He married Katherin Hafer on September 10, 1903. Brown had no children.

Brown served as President Hoover's Postmaster General from 1929 until 1933. He was also a delegate to the Republican National Convention in Ohio in 1940 and 1944, and served as the president of the Toledo, Ohio Humane Society from 1911 until 1961.

Brown died at age 91 in Toledo, Ohio on January 26, 1961. He was buried next to his wife Katherin Hafer in Woodlawn Cemetery in Toledo.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Harry S. New
United States Postmaster General
Served under: Herbert Hoover

March 5, 1929 – March 4, 1933
Succeeded by
James A. Farley