Tugwell, Rexford

Tugwell, Rexford (Guy)

(1891–1979) economist, public official; born in Sinclairville, N.Y. An economics professor at Columbia University when recruited to join Franklin Roosevelt's "Brain Trust" in 1932, he became head of the Resettlement Administration in 1935. He pushed through an ambitious program to resettle rural poor in new greenbelt towns before resigning in 1936. He was governor of Puerto Rico (1941–46) and taught economics at the University of Chicago (1946–57).
The Cambridge Dictionary of American Biography, by John S. Bowman. Copyright © Cambridge University Press 1995. Reproduced with permission.
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