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Henry Fowler

In office
April 1, 1965 – December 20, 1968
President Lyndon B. Johnson
Preceded by C. Douglas Dillon
Succeeded by Joseph W. Barr

Born September 5, 1908
Roanoke, Virginia
Died January 3, 2000 (aged 91)
Political party Democratic
Alma mater Roanoke College
Yale University

Henry Hammill Fowler (September 5, 1908–January 3, 2000) was an American lawyer and politician.

Born in Roanoke, Virginia, he graduated from Roanoke College in 1929 and received his law degree from Yale Law School in 1932.

Fowler joined the legal staff of the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) in 1934. There he assisted in the preparation and successful conduct of the four-year litigation establishing the constitutionality of that program. By 1939, he had risen to Assistant General Counsel of the TVA and subsequently served as chief counsel of a subcommittee of the U.S. Senate Committee on Education and Labor.

From 1941 to 1944, he was an assistant general counsel of the Office of Production Management and afterward of the War Production Board. He then served in the United Kingdom and Germany in 1944 and 1945. He then returned to private practice and then in 1951 rejoined the government to work on the mobilization of troops during the Korean War. During this period he was an administrator of the National Production Authority, administrator of the Defense Production Administration, Director of the Office of Defense Mobilization and member of the National Security Council.

Fowler served as a member of the Commission on Money and Credit from 1958 to 1961, and of the National Committee on Government Finance of the Brookings Institution from 1960 to 1961. He was a Trustee of Roanoke College and of the Funds in the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia.

He served as Under Secretary of the Treasury from February 3, 1961, until April 10, 1964, when he returned to private law practice as senior member of the Washington firm of Fowler, Leva, Hawes and Symington.

As Secretary of the Treasury from 1965 to 1968, Fowler organized a two-tier system for gold in 1968, and participated in the 1967-68 international agreements, which created a new international monetary reserve system called "Special Drawing Rights."

After leaving the Treasury Department, Fowler joined Goldman Sachs in New York City as a partner.


  1. ^ Johnson, Niel M. (June 20, 1989). "Henry H. Fowler Oral History Interview". Henry H. Fowler Oral History Interview. Truman Library. Retrieved 2008-11-29.  
Political offices
Preceded by
C. Douglas Dillon
United States Secretary of the Treasury
Served under: Lyndon B. Johnson

Succeeded by
Joseph W. Barr

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