Wilson, Charles Edward

Wilson, Charles Edward (“Electric Charlie”)

(1886–1972) corporate executive; born in New York City. He ended a 51-year career with General Electric (GE) as its president (1940–50), known for his tough anti-union policies and willingness to close plants in communities dependent on GE for jobs. He directed the War Production Board (1942–44). An influential government adviser during Truman's presidency, he became chairman of W.R. Grace and Co. (1952).
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