10 Famous Politicians Of The 1920′s

The politicians of the 1920's have been mostly forgotten by now, but a few still stick out in the memory. The era was personified by woman gaining the right to vote, the repeal of liquor, and an economic boom that followed after World War I. No one knew of the dark times that lay ahead, not even the politicians on the list.

  1. Silent Cal Coolidge- Calvin Coolidge is remembered for policies that would be considered libertarian by today's standards. He personifies the 1920's happy-go-lucky but desperate for a drink spirit more than any other president, and he had one thing in common with a later president who would praise him. Silent Cal and Ronny the Gipper would both take naps during the day.
  2. Warren Harding- Warren Harding died while in office. Calvin Coolidge would replace him. The scandals in his office do not quite resemble those that would plague the Clinton administration, but the newspaper certainly had fun covering the corrupt elements of Warren Harding's staff.
  3. Herbert Hoover- Archie and Edith Bunker sang the famous line: Mister, we could use a man like Herbert Hoover again. Hoover inherited problems caused by a lack of oversight of the federal stock exchange. His attempts to fix the problems caused by the Great Depression came too late. Franklin Delano Roosevelt would not improve the depression either, although he would stabilize the country until the lend-lease program would return America's economy to normal.
  4. Philip C. Joslin- Speakers of the house obtain prominence during their day and are quickly forgotten after they leave office. Neither he, nor his successor are remembered today. This really is not as bad as it sounds, as governments are at their best when they do nothing. He served from 1920-1923
  5. Roy Rawlings- A little more research might determine if this speaker of the house has any connection to the sporting equipment company, but he fulfilled his duties as speaker of the house from 1923-1927.
  6. J. Edgar Hoover- The clothing choices of the first director of the FBI have long been the subject of debate. J. Edgar Hoover was not a politician, but he did work closely with politicians to create the FBI. The Federal Bureau of Investigation was more effective at controlling the flow of alcohol across state lines and stopping the bandits that proliferated in the 1930's than many local police forces were. He would remain director of the FBI until his death in 1972.
  7. Adolf Hitler-No one will claim that the man who would become arch chancellor of Germany was a good man, but his actions in the 1920's altered the fate of the world to come.  His name became the embodiment of evil in our time..
  8. Josef Stalin- Josef Stalin, Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini probably play poker in hell as we speak. It is hard to determine whose evil is actually greater when we ignore the fact that Stalin opposed the Germans. Stalin, unlike Hitler, was an equal-opportunity oppressor and decided to kill anyone who got in his way without regard to race, color or religion.
  9. Winston Churchill- Churchill had not proven himself yet, and when World War II did start he considered himself a failure because he could not get people to listen to his warning about German expansionist policies.
  10. Franklin Delano Roosevelt- FDR's name and presidency would become synonymous with the 1930's and 1940's. Nevertheless, he was active  as a state senator from New York during the 1920's.  He solidified his support and used his popularity to run for President in 1932.

Resources:

FBI Biography of J. Edgar Hoover

Speakers of the House from 1789 to Present

Presidents of the 1920s

History Section of Senate.gov

 

 

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