Illinois manufacturer, financier and author. He originated and developed the pneumatic tool industry in the United States and Europe. In 1913 he was appointed United States Trade Commissioner to the Latin American Republics; in 1914 he was named vice-chairman, and later chairman, of the Federal Trade Commission, in which position he served until 1917.
Later that year he began his service as chairman of the United States Shipping Board and president of the Emergency Fleet Corporation, which lasted through July 1919. He served on the World War Funding Commission, on President Hoover's Advisory Shipping Commission and on the Chicago Council on Foreign Relations; as chairman of the board of the Hurley Machine Company and as director of the Chamber of Commerce of the United States.
Among his awards were the distinguished Service Medal, presented by General Pershing in 1916, and the Laetare Medal presented by the University of Notre Dame.
From the description of Papers, 1910-1933. (University of Notre Dame). WorldCat record id: 23862006