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Brown, Walter Folger

(fōl`jər), 1869–1961, American cabinet officer, b. Massillon, Ohio. A lawyer of Toledo, Ohio, he became prominent in Republican politics and was (1927–29) Assistant Secretary of Commerce. As Postmaster General (1929–33) under President Hoover, Brown secured a reduction of air mail rates and a consolidation of air mail routes—policies that aided the development of commercial aviation.

Brown, Walter Folger

(1869–1961) lawyer, politician, postmaster general; born in Massillon, Ohio. Active in Republican politics, he campaigned for Theodore Roosevelt and William Howard Taft, served the administration of Warren G. Harding as chairman of the Joint Congressional Reorganization Committee (1921–24), and was postmaster general under Herbert Hoover (1929–33). He expanded airmail service and tried unsuccessfully to expand passenger air service using airmail contracts as bait.