William C. Redfield

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William Redfield
William Cox Redfield.jpg
1st United States Secretary of Commerce
In office
March 5, 1913 – October 31, 1919
PresidentWoodrow Wilson
Preceded byPosition established
Succeeded byJoshua W. Alexander
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 5th district
In office
March 4, 1911 – March 3, 1913
Preceded byRichard Young
Succeeded byJames P. Maher
Personal details
William Cox Redfield

(1858-06-18)June 18, 1858
Albany, New York, U.S.
DiedJune 13, 1932(1932-06-13) (aged 73)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Other political
National Democratic (1896–1900)

William Cox Redfield (June 18, 1858 – June 13, 1932) was a Democratic politician from New York. He served as the first United States Secretary of Commerce from 1913 to 1919 after the division of the Department of Commerce and Labor. Previously, Redfield served as a U.S. Representative from New York from 1911 to 1913 and was an unsuccessful Democratic nominee for the vice presidency in 1912.


  • Redfield, William Cox (1912). The new industrial day, a book for men who employ men. New York: The Century Co. LCCN 12025163.
  • Redfield, William (April 1912). "The Progress of Japanese Industry". The Journal of Race Development. 2 (4): 362–372. doi:10.2307/29737925. JSTOR 29737925.
  • Redfield, William Cox (1924). With Congress and cabinet. Garden City, N.Y.: Doubleday, Page & company. hdl:2027/uc1.b4506941. LCCN 24006006.
  • Redfield, William Cox (1927). We and the world. New York: Newark [etc.] LCCN 27024211.


U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 5th congressional district

Succeeded by
Political offices
Preceded by
new office
U.S. Secretary of Commerce
Served under: Woodrow Wilson

Succeeded by