McKittrick, Thomas H. (Thomas Harrington), 1889-1970

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Banker. Graduated from Harvard, 1911, and St. Louis University School of Law. Joined Lee, Higginson and Company after World War I. Partner in the London banking firm of Higginson & Company, Lee, Higginson's British affiliate (1924-1939). President, Bank for International Settlements, Basel, Switzerland (1940-1946); senior vice-president and director, Chase National Bank (1946-1954). See Who Was Who in America, v. 5.

From the description of Thomas Harrington McKittrick papers, 1924-1946 (inclusive). (Harvard Business School). WorldCat record id: 269592512


From the description of Reminiscences of Thomas Harrington McKittrick : oral history, 1952. (Columbia University In the City of New York). WorldCat record id: 309736012

American-born banker Thomas Harrington McKittrick (1889-1970) spent the greater part of his professional life in Europe. He is noted for serving as president of the Switzerland-based Bank for International Settlements throughout World War II.

Harrington was born in St. Louis, the son of Thomas Harrington and Hildegarde Sterling McKittrick. Graduating from Harvard in 1911, he began his banking career in St. Louis. He joined the National City Bank of New York in 1916, assigned to assist in opening a branch of the bank in Genoa. After service with the American Expeditionary Force in Europe (1918-1919) McKittrick spent two years in the New York office of Lee, Higginson & Company . In 1922 he transferred to Lee, Higginson’s London affiliate, Higginson & Company, becoming a partner in 1924. Higginson & Company shut down most of its operations in 1939, ending McKittrick’s association with the firm. Later that year he was elected president of the Bank for International Settlements in Basle, remaining in that position until 1946.

The Bank for International Settlements, founded in 1930, is a central banking institution, owned and controlled by the central banks of a number of industrialized nations. It’s primary purposes are, according to Article 3 of its original Statutes, “to promote the co-operation of central banks and to provide additional facilities for international financial operations…”

On leaving the B.I.S. in 1946, McKittrick joined The Chase National Bank in New York, where he remained until his “retirement” in 1954. Later he traveled to India for the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development as well as becoming president and chairman of the Continental American Fund Incorporated until reaching the mandatory retirement age of 70 in 1959.

McKittrick married Marjorie Benson in 1921. They had four children: Marjorie Sterling, Elisabeth Benson, Mary and Frances Anne.

From the guide to the Thomas Harrington McKittrick papers, (inclusive), 1924-1946, (Baker Library, Harvard Business School)

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referencedIn John Foster Dulles oral history collection, 1964-1967 Princeton University. Library. Dept. of Rare Books and Special Collections.Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library. Public Policy Papers.
referencedIn Harford W.H. Powel collection on T.S. Eliot, (Powel) Harford W. H. collection on T.S. Eliot, 1905-1955 John Hay Library, Special Collections
creatorOf McKittrick, Thomas H. (Thomas Harrington), 1889-1970. Reminiscences of Thomas Harrington McKittrick : oral history, 1952. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
creatorOf McKittrick, Thomas Harrington, 1889-1970. Thomas Harrington McKittrick papers, 1924-1946 (inclusive). Harvard Business School, Knowledge and Library Services/Baker Library
referencedIn America-Italy Society. Records, 1925-1959, 1947-1959. University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
creatorOf Thomas Harrington McKittrick papers, (inclusive), 1924-1946 Baker Library, Harvard Business School
referencedIn Abraham Flexner Papers, 1865-1989, (bulk 1900-1959) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
referencedIn Flexner, Abraham, 1866-1959. Abraham Flexner papers, 1865-1989 (bulk 1900-1959). Library of Congress
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Place Name Admin Code Country
New York (State)
Basel (Switzerland),
New York (N.Y.)
London (England),
New York (N.Y.)
Basel (Switzerland)
London (England)
Banks and banking, International
Investment banking
Banks and banking


Birth 1889

Death 1970



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