Edmund Platt

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Edmund Platt

Edmund Platt (born February 2, 1865 in Poughkeepsie , New York , † August 7, 1939 in Chazy , Clinton County , New York) was an American journalist and politician of the Republican Party who represented the state of New York in the House of Representatives of the United States represented.


After attending a private school , the Riverview Academy and the Eastman Business College in Poughkeepsie, he learned the trade of printer . He later studied at Harvard University , then worked as a teacher and also studied law . After moving to Wisconsin , he was from 1890 to 1891 editor of the daily newspaper Superior Evening Telegram , but then returned to his home town back, where he was editor and publisher of the newspaper Poughkeepsie Eagle . He was also a board member of the Poughkeepsie Water Board.

Platt was elected as a Republican to the US House of Representatives and represented in this after three re-elections from March 4, 1913 until his resignation on June 7, 1920, the 26th congressional electoral district of the state of New York. Most recently he was from March 1919 to June 1920 chairman of the Banking and Currency Committee of the 66th US Congress .

After leaving Congress, he was appointed a member of the Federal Reserve Board by US President Woodrow Wilson and was Vice-Governor of that body between August 1920 and his resignation in 1930. At the end of his tenure, the Federal Reserve System was criticized for strong interventions by the Federal Reserve Board as a result of the Great Depression in 1929 .

Following his resignation from the Federal Reserve Board, Platt became involved in the private sector as well as in banking .

Web links

  • Edmund Platt in the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress (English)