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Daniel Calhoun Roper

Daniel Calhoun Roper (April 1, 1867 – April 11, 1943) was a U.S. administrator, particularly under President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, born in Marlboro County, South Carolina. His father, John Wesley Roper, was a leader of the Scotch Boys of the Confederate Army.

Daniel Calhoun Roper graduated from Duke University (then called "Trinity College") in 1888, and received his bachelor of laws from National University in 1901.

In 1889 he married Lou McKenzie, who bore him 7 children, 2 daughters and 5 sons, over the following two decades (Roper 1941).

He served in the South Carolina House of Representatives from 1892 to 1894, and from 1893 to 1897 he was a clerk for the U.S. Senate Committee on Interstate Commerce. From 1900 to 1910 he worked for the Census Bureau, and then served as the clerk of the Committee on Ways and Means in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1911 to 1913.

Immediately following and through 1916, he served as first assistant postmaster general, and was chairman of Woodrow Wilson's reelection campaign in 1916. He was the chairman of the 1917 U.S. Tariff Commission and served as Commissioner of Internal Revenue from 1917 to 1920. He served as the Secretary of Commerce between 1933 and 1938, and as Ambassador to Canada in 1939.

Roper's Letter of Credence was accepted personally by George VI, King of Canada, at La Citadelle in Quebec City, on May 17, 1939. It was the King's first official duty as King of Canada on Canadian soil.[1]

In 1939 his family, friends and political colleagues celebrated his 50th wedding anniversary to Lou McKenzie, and in 1941 he published his autobiography entitled Fifty Years of Public Life (Duke University Press). Daniel Roper died in 1943 in Washington, D.C..

Political offices
Preceded by
Roy D. Chapin
United States Secretary of Commerce
Served under: Franklin D. Roosevelt

March 4, 1933–December 23, 1938
Succeeded by
Harry Hopkins
Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Norman Armour
U.S. Ambassador to Canada
Succeeded by
James H.R. Cromwell




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