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Encyclopedia > Treasurer of the United States

The Treasurer of the United States is the only position within the United States Department of the Treasury older than the Department itself. It was established on September 6, 1777.


The Treasurer was originally charged with the receipt and custody of government funds, though many of these functions have been taken over by different bureaus of the Department of the Treasury. Responsibility for oversight of the Bureau of Engraving and Printing, the United States Mint, and the United States Savings Bonds Division (now the Savings Bond Marketing Office within the Bureau of the Public Debt) was assigned to the Treasurer in 1981. The Treasurer reports to the Secretary of the Treasury through the Assistant Secretary (Management)/Chief Financial Officer.


The Treasurer's signature, along with the Treasury Secretary's, must appear on Federal Reserve notes before they can become legal tender.


In 1949, eager to appoint a woman to a prominent political position President Truman appointed Georgia Neese Clark Treasurer. Since then, every subsequent Treasurer has been a woman.

Treasurers of the United States
Name Term of Office President(s) served under
Michael Hillegas July 29, 1775 - September 11, 1789 none
Samuel Meredith September 11, 1789 - October 31, 1801 George Washington, John Adams,
Thomas Jefferson
Thomas T. Tucker December 1, 1801 - May 2, 1828 Thomas Jefferson, James Madison,
James Monroe, John Quincy Adams
William Clark June 4, 1828 - May 31, 1829 John Quincy Adams, Andrew Jackson
John Campbell May 26, 1829 - July 20, 1839 Andrew Jackson, Martin Van Buren
William Selden July 22, 1839 - November 23, 1850 Martin Van Buren, William Henry Harrison,
John Tyler, James K. Polk,
Zachary Taylor, Millard Fillmore
John Sloan November 27, 1850 - April 6, 1852 Millard Fillmore
Samuel Casey April 4, 1853 - December 22, 1859 Franklin Pierce, James Buchanan
William C. Price February 28, 1860 - March 21, 1861 Franklin Pierce, Abraham Lincoln
F.E. Spinner March 16, 1861 - July 30, 1875 Abraham Lincoln, Andrew Johnson,
Ulysses S. Grant
John C. New June 30, 1875 - July 1, 1876 Ulysses S. Grant
A.U. Wyman July 1, 1876 - June 30, 1877 Ulysses S. Grant, Rutherford B. Hayes
James Gilfillan July 1, 1876 - June 30, 1877 Rutherford B. Hayes, James A. Garfield,
Chester A. Arthur
Conrad N. Jordan May 1, 1885 - March 23, 1887 Grover Cleveland
James W. Hyatt May 24, 1887 - May 10, 1889 Grover Cleveland, Benjamin Harrison
J.N. Huston May 11, 1889 - April 24, 1891 Benjamin Harrison
Enos H. Nebecker April 25, 1891 - May 31, 1893 Benjamin Harrison, Grover Cleveland
D.N. Morgan June 1, 1893 - June 30, 1897 Grover Cleveland, William McKinley
Ellis H. Roberts July 1, 1897 - June 30, 1905 William McKinley, Theodore Roosevelt
Charles H. Treat July 1, 1905 - October 30, 1909 Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft
Lee McClung November 1, 1909 - November 21, 1912 William Howard Taft
Carmi A. Thompson November 22, 1912 - March 31, 1913 William Howard Taft, Woodrow Wilson
John Burke April 1, 1913 - January 5, 1921 Woodrow Wilson
Frank White May 2, 1921 - May 1, 1928 Warren G. Harding, Calvin Coolidge
H.T. Tate May 31, 1928 - January 17, 1929 Calvin Coolidge
W.O. Woods January 18, 1929 - May 31, 1933 Calvin Coolidge, Herbert Hoover,
Franklin Delano Roosevelt
William Alexander Julian June 1, 1933 - May 29, 1949 Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Harry S. Truman
Georgia Neese Clark June 21, 1949 - January 27, 1953 Harry S. Truman, Dwight D. Eisenhower
Ivy Baker Priest January 28, 1953 - January 29, 1961 Dwight D. Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy
Elizabeth Rudel Smith January 30, 1961 - April 13, 1962 John F. Kennedy
Kathryn O'Hay Granahan January 3, 1963 - November 22, 1966 John F. Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson
Dorothy Andrews Elston Kabis May 8, 1969 - July 3, 1971 Richard Nixon
Romana Acosta Ba˝uelos December 17, 1971 - February 14, 1974 Richard Nixon
Francine Irving Neff June 21, 1974 - January 19, 1977 Gerald Ford
Azie Taylor Morton September 12, 1977 - January 20, 1981 Jimmy Carter
Angela Marie Buchanan March 17, 1981 - July 5, 1983 Ronald Reagan
Katherine D. Ortega September 22, 1983 - July 1, 1989 Ronald Reagan, George H. W. Bush
Catalina Vasquez Villalpando November 20, 1989 - January 20, 1993 George H. W. Bush
Mary Ellen Withrow March 1, 1994 - January 20, 2001 Bill Clinton
Rosario Marin August 16, 2001 - June 30, 2003 George W. Bush
Anna Escobedo Cabral December 13, 2004 - present George W. Bush

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  • Treasurers of the United States (http://www.ustreas.gov/education/history/treasurers/)

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Treasurer of the United States - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (195 words)
The Treasurer of the United States is the only position within the United States Department of the Treasury older than the Department itself.
The Treasurer was originally charged with the receipt and custody of government funds, though many of these functions have been taken over by different bureaus of the Department of the Treasury.
Responsibility for oversight of the Bureau of Engraving and Printing, the United States Mint, and the United States Savings Bonds Division (now the Savings Bond Marketing Office within the Bureau of the Public Debt) was assigned to the Treasurer in 1981.
U.S. Treasury - Duties & Functions of the Treasurer of the United States (163 words)
Additionally, the Treasurer consults with and advises the Director of the U.S. Mint and the Director of Bureau of Engraving and Printing on matters concerning general coinage and currency policy.
In coordination with the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Financial Education, the Treasurer serves as one of the Department’s principal advisors and spokespersons in the area of financial education.
The Treasurer serves as an important surrogate representative of the Treasury on behalf of the Secretary and Deputy Secretary.
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