Harry S. Truman Presidential Library & Museum


Leon H. Keyserling

Oral History Interviews with
Leon H. Keyserling

Member of legal staff, Agricultural Adjustment Admin., 1933. Secretary and legislative assistant to Sen. Robert F. Wagner (New York), 1933-37. Gen. counsel, U.S. Housing Authority, 1937-38; deputy administrator and gen. counsel, 1938-42; acting administrator, 1941-42. Acting commissioner, Federal Public Housing Authority, 1942. Gen. counsel, National Housing Agency, 1942-46. Vice chairman President's Council of Economic Advisers, 1946-50; chairman, 1950-53.
Interview Transcripts
May 3, 1971 | May 10, 1971 | May 19, 1971
by Jerry N. Hess

See also Leon H. Keyserling Papers finding aid

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NOTICE
These are transcripts of tape-recorded interviews conducted for the Harry S. Truman Library. A draft of each transcript was edited by the interviewee but only minor emendations were made; therefore, the reader should remember that these are essentially transcripts of the spoken, rather than the written word.

Numbers appearing in square brackets (ex. [45]) within the transcript indicate the pagination in the original, hardcopy version of the oral history interview.

RESTRICTIONS
These oral history transcripts may be read, quoted from, cited, and reproduced for purposes of research. They may not be published in full except by permission of the Harry S. Truman Library.


Appendicies

Appendix I: Unsigned memorandum, dated June 29, 1948, entitled "Should the President call Congress back?" (Truman Library Personal Papers Collection, Papers of Samuel I. Rosenman, 1944-1966: Box 9; Subject File; 1948; Campaign 1948; HST Acceptance Speech).

Appendix II: Copy of June 25, 1946 letter from Senator Robert Taft to Wilson Wyatt, Administrator of the National Housing Agency, recommending Leon Keyserling for the position of Commissioner of the Federal Public Housing Authority (Truman Library Papers of Harry S. Truman Collection, Staff Member and Office Files, Clark M. Clifford Files: Box 7; Housing Administration [Folder 2 of 2]).

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List of Subjects Discussed

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X-Y-Z

    Acheson, Dean, 80
    Adams, Sherman, 125
    Agricultural Adjustment Administration, 5, 6
    Altmeyer, Arthur, 16
    American Economic Committee, 30, 31

    Davidson, C. Girard, 58, 67, 78, 79
    Davis, John C., 183
    Davis, William H., 29
    Defense budget, U.S. (Korean War), 113-120
    Defense Production Act of 1950, 156-158
    Democratic National Convention, 1936, 35
    Democratic National Convention, 1940, 35-36
    Democratic National Contention, 1944, 36-37
    Democratic National Convention, 1948, 36
    Dickinson, John, 7
    Douglas, Paul H., 48
    Dykstra, Clarence, 25
    Eisenhower, Dwight D., 124, 125
    Ellender, Allen J., 19, 20
    Elsey, George, 102
    Employment, legislation on, 25-30
    Ewing, Oscar R., 57, 64, 78
    Fair Deal, 160-161
    Federal Reserve System, 47-49
    Fisher, Joseph, 128
    Frank, Jerome, 6, 7, 8
    Fulton, Hugh, 40
    Galbraith, Kenneth, 87, 152
    Green, William, 11, 29
    Gross, Bertram, 27, 28, 127, 183
    Gruenther, Alfred, 90
    Harriman, Averell, 53, 140
    Harrison, Pat, 13
    Hatch, Carl, 73
    Heller, Walter, 42, 152
    Homans, Paul, 126
    Housing legislation, 19-23, 34, 40
    Ickes, Harold L., 9
    Inflation, 194-197
    Israel, 3
    LaFollette, Robert M., Jr., 34
    Lawton, Frederick J., 168, 169
    Lewis, Daniel J., 15
    Lewis, John L., 11
    Lewis, John P., 128
    Lovett, Robert A., 91, 137
    McCabe, Thomas B., 48
    McCormack, John W., 36, 37
    McGrath, J. Howard, 58, 78
    Marshall, George C., 91-92, 137
    Martin, William M., Jr., 48, 94, 142
    Maybank, Burnet R., 124
    Mellett, Lowell, 36
    Minton, Sherman, 34, 73
    Mitchell, Wesley C., 25
    Montague, Gilbert H., 7
    Morse, David, 58, 78
    Moulton, Harold G., 7
    Murphy, Charles S., 32, 33, 58, 67, 72, 73, 98
    Murray, James E., 27
    Murray, Philip, 29
    O'Brien, Lawrence, 174
    O'Donnell, Kenneth, 63
    Okun, Arthur M., 42
    O'Mahoney, Joseph C., 27, 74, 124
    Pabst Postwar Employment Contest (1944), 25-26
    Pace, Frank, 168-169
    Patman, Wright, 27
    Patton, James G., 29
    Perkins, Frances, 12, 16
    Phillips, Cabell, 61, 80, 83-84
    Phillips, Dayton E., 123
    Podell, David, 8
    Porter, Paul, 53
    Presidential election (1952), 198-199
    Pritchard, Edward, 28
    Public works, 9
    Recession of 1949, 184-187
    Richberg, Donald, 10
    Riefler, Winfield, 8
    Rifkind, Simon H., 7, 8
    Robinson, Joseph T., 13
    Roosevelt, Franklin D., 10, 11, 13, 16, 22, 35, 85, 175, 176
    Rosenberg, Anna, 29
    Rosenman, Samuel I., 22
    Ruml, Beardsley, 25, 26
    Rusk, Dean, 62, 63
    Russell, Richard D., 74
    St. Helena Island, 1
    Salant, Walter, 126, 183
    Saltonstall, Leverett, 124
    Saulnier, Raymond J., 42
    Sawyer, Charles, 75, 155
    Schlesinger, Arthur, 62
    Senate, U.S., 38, 39
    Smith, Alfred E., 24
    Smith, Ellison D., 6
    Smith, Harold, 168
    Snyder, John W., 48, 74, 75, 142, 145, 155, 156
    Social Security Act, 15-19
    South Carolina Produce Association, 2
    Speeches, Presidential, drafting of, 97-100
    State of the Union Messages, 170-172
    Steelman, John R., 74, 105-111
    Stowe, David H., 99, 103
    Supreme Court, U.S., 13-14, 176-177
    Swope, Gerard, 7, 11
    Swope Plan, 7
    Taft, Robert A., 19-22, 120-125
    Teagle, Walter, 11
    Thomas, Elmer, 27
    Truman Committee, 40
    Truman, Harry S.:
      abilities as President, 74-75
      Budget, U.S., knowledge of, 169-170
      civil rights, and, 81-82
      Council of Economic Advisers, appointments to, 40-42, 106-109, 129, 130, 148
      Council of Economic Advisers, knowledge of functions, 49-51, 53, 87, 92
      Federal Reserve system, and the, 47-48
      Keyserling, Leon, relationship with, 76, 145
      mentioned, 28, 29
      monetary policy, U.S., and, 142-143
      Nourse, Edwin G., relationship with, 54-55
      political philosophy, 73-74, 80-81
      President, evolution of as, 199-204
      Senate, U.S., service in, 37-40
      Wardman Park group, influence on, 64-68, 71, 80
    The Truman Presidency, 80, 83
    Tugwell, Rexford G., 3, 4, 6, 8
    Vinson, Fred M., 29

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