Roper, Daniel C. (Daniel Calhoun), 1867-1943

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Birth 1867-04-01
Death 1943-04-11

Biographical notes:

Attorney, Commissioner of Internal Revenue, 1917-1920, and Secretary of Commerce, 1933-1938.

From the description of Papers, 1860-1958 and n.d. (bulk 1933-1938). (Duke University Library). WorldCat record id: 20122068

Attorney, commissioner of internal revenue, 1917-1920, and secretary of commerce, 1933-1938.

From the description of Papers, 1898-1941 ; (bulk 1928-1938). (Duke University Library). WorldCat record id: 86148078

1867, April 1 Born Marlboro County, S.C. 1888 Received B.A. from Trinity College (became Duke University) 1889, Dec. 25 Married Lou McKenzie 1892 1894 Member of South Carolina House of Representatives 1894 1897 Clerk for U.S. Senate Committee on Interstate Commerce 1897 1900 Practiced law in Washington, D.C. 1900 1910 Expert special agent for U.S. Census Bureau 1901 Received LL.B. from National University (Washington, D.C.) 1911 1913 Statistician and Chief Clerk for Ways and Means Committee, U.S. House of Representatives 1913 1916 First Assistant Postmaster General of United States 1916 Chairman, Organization Bureau, Woodrow Wilson campaign 1917, Mar. 1917 Sept. Vice-Chairman, U.S. Tariff Commission 1917 1920 Commissioner of Internal Revenue 1920 1921 President of Marlin Rockwell Corporation, New York City 1921 Returned to Washington, D.C. to practice law 1929 1943 Trustee of Duke University 1932 Worked on Franklin Delano Roosevelt's presidential campaign 1933 1938 U.S. Secretary of Commerce 1939, May 1939 Aug. Minister to Canada 1943, April 11 Died

Roper received the following academic degrees: LL.D. from Tusculum College (1927), LL.D from National University (1933), M.B.A. from Bryant and Stratton College in Providence, R.I. (1933), and L.H.D. from Rollins College in Winter Park, Fl.(1934). He was a member of the American Bar Association; the Board of Stewards; the Democratic Party; the Board of Directors for the Atlantic Coast Line Railway; the Board of Education in Washington, D.C. (1932); the General Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South (1930); the 6th Ecumenical Conference (1931); Sigma Alpha Epsilon; Phi Beta Kappa; the Chevy Chase Club; the National Press Club; the University Club (Washington, D.C.); and the Masons. He was a trustee of Coker College and the American University. Roper was the author of The United States Post Office (1917) and Fifty Years in Public Life (1941).

From the guide to the Daniel C. Roper Papers, (Duke University. David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library)

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