1890–1946, American public official, b. Sioux City, Iowa. A social worker, he was appointed (1931) head of New York's Temporary Emergency Relief Administration by Franklin Delano Roosevelt, then governor of New York. Two years later, after Roosevelt became President, Hopkins was made chief of the Federal Emergency Relief Administration (FERA) and of the Civil Works Administration, which grew out of the FERA. In 1935 he became head of the Works Progress Administration. Hopkins was made secretary of commerce in Dec., 1938, but resigned in Aug., 1940, because of ill health.
An intimate friend of President Roosevelt, Hopkins was a special assistant to the President during World War II. He administered the lend-lease program in 1941 and went on several missions to London and Moscow. After Roosevelt's death, he went as President Truman's representative to Moscow to settle problems that had arisen over Poland and the organization of the United Nations. In July, 1945, he retired from public life.
- See biography by D. L. Roll (2013).
Related Credo Articles
During the New Deal of the 1930s, Harry Hopkins was in charge of some of the largest federal public works projects in the history of the United...
US government official. Originally a social worker, in 1935 he became head of the WPA (Works Progress Administration), which was concerned with Depr
U.S. statesman. He was a close friend and adviser of Franklin Roosevelt , overseeing Lend-Lease early in World War II and later serving as...