Coy, Wayne, 1903-1957

Alternative names
Birth 1903-11-23
Death 1957-09-24

Biographical notes:

Albert Wayne Coy (1903-1957) was born in Shelby County, Indiana. He began his career as a newspaper reporter in 1919, receiving his A.B. from Franklin College in Indiana in 1926. After graduation, he worked as the city editor of the Franklin, Indiana, Star from 1926 to 1930, and was editor and publisher of the Delphi, Indiana, Citizen from 1930 to 1933. Coy was appointed undersecretary to the Governor of Indiana and secretary to the Governor's Commission on Unemployment Relief in 1933, and in 1934 became Director of the Governor's Commission on Unemployment Relief and Administrator of the Indiana State Welfare Department holding both posts until 1937. He began his career in the federal government in 1935 as Indiana State Administrator of the Works Progress Administration (WPA). A post he held until 1937. He served as administrative assistant to the United States High Commissioner to the Philippine Islands from 1937 to 1939; assistant administrator of the Federal Security Agency from 1939 to 1941; special assistant to the President and liaison officer, Office for Emergency Management from 1941 to 1943; and assistant director of the Bureau of the Budget from 1942 to 1944. Coy left the federal government in 1944 to become assistant to the publisher of the Washington Post and director of radio stations WINX and WINX-FM. He returned to government employment in 1947 as Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission and remained in that post until 1952. He was a consultant to Time, Inc., from 1952 to 1957; co-owner (with Time, Inc.) and president of the Albuquerque Broadcasting Company; and president of Twin State Broadcasting Company (1957). He also served as a member of the Advisory Committee on Selective Service and Joint Army-Navy Welfare and Recreation Board.

From the description of Coy, A. Wayne (Albert Wayne), 1903-1957 (U.S. National Archives and Records Administration). naId: 10610371

Indiana journalist and state official.

Coy entered federal service in 1935, later serving as Special Assistant to the President, 1941-1943, and Assistant Director, Bureau of the Budget, 1942-1944. Coy also served with the United States High Commissioner to the Philippine Islands and on the Advisory Committee on Selective Service.

From the description of Papers, 1934-1957. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 155522209


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  • Reconstruction (1939-1951)
  • Public works
  • Conscientious objection
  • Communication
  • Draft
  • Lend-lease operations (1941-1945)
  • World War, 1939-1945--Economic aspects
  • World War, 1939-1945--Conscientious objectors
  • Trade regulation
  • New Deal, 1933-1939
  • Emergency relief
  • Unemployment


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