Library of Congress
McADOO, William Gibbs (1863-1941)
Senate Years of Service: 1933-1938

MCADOO, WILLIAM GIBBS, a Senator from California; born on a farm near Marietta, Cobb County, Ga., October 31, 1863; attended the rural schools and the University of Tennessee at Knoxville; appointed deputy clerk of the United States Circuit Court for the Southern Division, Eastern District of Tennessee 1882; studied law; admitted to the bar in 1885 and commenced practice in Chattanooga, Tenn.; moved to New York City in 1892 and continued the practice of law; developed the system of rapid-transit tunnels under the Hudson River between New York City and New Jersey and from 1902 to 1913 was president of the company which constructed and operated them; vice chairman of the Democratic National Committee in 1912; Secretary of the Treasury in the Cabinet of President Woodrow Wilson 1913-1918; during the First World War served as director general of railways, chairman of the Federal Reserve Board, the Federal Farm Loan Board, and the War Finance Corporation; resumed the practice of law in New York City in 1919; moved to Los Angeles, Calif., in 1922 and continued to practice law; unsuccessful candidate for the Democratic nomination for President of the United States in 1920 and 1924; author; member of the Democratic National Committee 1932-1940; elected in 1932 as a Democrat to the United States Senate from California and served from March 4, 1933, to November 8, 1938, when he resigned; unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1938; chairman, Committee on Patents (Seventy-third through Seventy-fifth Congresses); returned to Los Angeles, Calif., and served as chairman of the board of directors of a steamship line; died while on a visit in Washington, D.C., February 1, 1941; interment in Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va.

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Salt Lake City, UT
Papers: Correspondence in James Henry Moyle papers, 1879-1945. Finding aid.

Columbia University
Oral History Project
New York, NY
Oral History: Discussed in interview (1966) with Hilarion N. Branch. Permission required to cite, quote, and reproduce.

Columbia University
Rare Book and Manuscript Library
New York, NY
Papers: Correspondence in Henry Parker Willis papers, 1863-1937.

Georgia Historical Society
Savannah, GA
Papers: Correspondence in Pleasant Alexander Stovall papers, 1846-1974. Finding aid.

Georgetown University
Special Collections
Washington, DC
Papers: Correspondence in the John C. Fitzpatrick papers.

Grace Theological Seminary Library
Winona Lake, IN
Papers: Correspondence in Billy and Helen Sunday papers, 1888-1957. Available on 19 microfilm reels. Finding aid.

Henry E. Huntington Library
San Marino, CA
Papers: 1938. 2 items.

Johns Hopkins University
Milton S. Eisenhower Library
Baltimore, MD
Papers: Correspondence in Edwin Litchfield Turnbull papers, 1881-1969; Jacob Harry Hollander papers, 1895-1940; and James Dabney McCabe papers, 1862-1881.

Library of Congress
Manuscript Division
Washington, DC
Papers: 1786-1941. 258 linear feet. Family, business, and political papers including early family correspondence (1786-1891); family correspondence and related material (1880-1941); general correspondence (1889-1941); letterbooks (1910-1922); Woodrow Wilson-McAdoo correspondence (1911-1924); subject files (1910-1940); speech, article, and book files (1908-1932); scrapbooks (1904-1932); and general miscellany consisting of invitations, photographs, newspaper clippings, and memorabilia (1850-1940). Finding aid.
Additional Papers: Correspondence in Norman Hapgood papers, 1823-1974; Charles Edward Russell papers, 1864-1941; and Joseph Patrick Tumulty papers, 1910-1921.

Louisiana State University
Louisiana and Lower Mississippi Valley Collections
Baton Rouge, LA
Papers: Correspondence in Franziska Heberle papers, 1872-1982.

Museum of Modern Art
Film Study Center
New York, NY
Papers: Correspondence in D. W. Griffith papers, 1872-1969 (bulk 1897-1954). Available on 15 microfilm reels. Finding aid.

Newberry Library
Chicago, IL
Papers: Correspondence in Carter Henry Harrison papers, 1731-1953. Finding aid.

Franklin D. Roosevelt Library
Hyde Park, NY
Papers: Correspondence in Franklin D. Roosevelt family, business, and personal papers, 1882-1945; and discussed in James Francis Thaddeus O'Connor diaries, 1933-1940, on 2 microfilm reels of originals at University of California, Bancroft Library.

Sioux City Public Museum
Sioux City, IA
Papers: Correspondence in Albert A. Smith papers, 1909-1913.

Stanford University Libraries
Special Collections
Stanford, CA
Papers: In Ernst Bacon papers, 1938-1986; Elmer E. Robinson collection, 1764-1944; and Thomas Andrew Bailey papers, 1927-1981.

University of California, Berkeley
The Bancroft Library
Berkeley, CA
Papers: 1914-1938. 1 portfolio. Letters addressed to his wife, Eleanor Wilson McAdoo, concerning his activities as U.S. secretary of treasury, the political scene in Washington DC, his father-in-law, President Wilson, his private law practice, and his political career as candidate for president and as senator. Also photographs.

University of California, Los Angeles
Los Angeles, CA
Papers: 1902-1938. Ca. 2,500 pieces and 9 volumes. Chiefly business correspondence and financial records and some political papers, especially concerning the Federal Reserve Act of 1913. Finding aid. Also miscellaneous items in various collections.

University of Iowa Libraries
Special Collections Department
Iowa City, IA
Papers: 1913-1925. 7 letters.

University of Michigan
Bentley Historical Library
Ann Arbor, MI
Papers: Correspondence in Arthur Hendrick Vandenberg papers, 1884-1974; Frank Murphy papers, 1808-1949; Howard Hyde Russell papers, 1840-1946; and Arthur J. Lacy papers, 1891-1975. Finding aid.

University of Virginia
Alderman Library
Charlottesville, VA
Papers: Correspondence in John Skelton Williams papers, 1884-1926; and Homer Stille1 Cummings papers, 1886-1956. Finding aid.

Yale University Libraries
Manuscripts and Archives
New Haven, CT
Papers: In William Kent family papers, 1768-1961; Frank Lyon Polk papers, 1883-1942 (bulk 1915-1921); Beer family papers, 1740-1981 (bulk 1827-1981); Russell Cornell Leffingwell papers, 1883-1979; Byron Rufus Newton papers, 1882-1938; Charles Dewey Hilles papers, 1885-1955; Paul Moritz Warburg papers, 1904-1932; Frederic Collin Walcott papers, 1850-1948; Vance Criswell McCormick papers, 1907-1946; Francis Griffith Newlands papers, 1869-1936 (bulk 1899-1917); John Flournoy Montgomery papers, 1933-1939; and Walter Chauncey Camp papers, 1870-1983 (bulk 1870-1925).
Research Libraries Information Network In addition to the institutions listed above, items are also cataloged in collections at: Eastern Washington State Historical Society, Spokane, WA; Harvard Law School Library, Cambridge, MA; Historical Society of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA; Municipal Archives, New York, NY; New York State Library, Albany, NY; Syracuse University, George Arents Research Library, Syracuse, NY; University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA; and University of Virginia, Alderman Library, Charlottesville, VA.

  • Allen, Lee N. "The McAdoo Campaign for the Presidential Nomination in 1924.'' Journal of Southern History 29 (May 1963): 211-28.
  • Bagby, Wesley M. "William Gibbs McAdoo and the 1920 Democratic Presidential Nomination.'' East Tennessee Historical Society's Publications 31 (1959): 43-58.
  • Broesamle, John J. William Gibbs McAdoo: A Passion for Change, 1863-1917. Port Washington, NY: Kennikat Press, 1973.
  • Gelbart, Herbert A. "The Anti-McAdoo Movement of 1924.'' Ph.D. dissertation, New York University, 1978.
  • McAdoo, William G. The Challenge. New York: Century Co., 1928.
  • ___. Crowded Years: The Reminiscences of William G. McAdoo. 1931. Reprint. Port Washington, NY: Kennikat Press, 1971.
  • McKinney, Gordon B. "East Tennessee Politics: An Incident in the Life of William Gibbs McAdoo, Jr.'' East Tennessee Historical Society's Publications 48 (1976): 34-39.
  • Prude, James C. "William Gibbs McAdoo and the Democratic National Convention of 1924.'' Journal of Southern History 38 (November 1972): 621-28.
  • Shook, Dale N. William G. McAdoo and the Development of National Economic Policy, 1913-1918. NY: Garland Publishing, 1987.
  • Stratton, David H. "Splattered with Oil: William G. McAdoo and the 1924 Democratic Presidential Nomination.'' Southwestern Social Science Quarterly 44 (June 1963): 62-75.
  • Synon, Mary. McAdoo, the Man and His Times: A Panorama in Democracy. Indianapolis: Bobbs-Merrill Co., 1924.