Hudgens, Robert Watts, 1896-1973

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Art administrator; Chapel Hill, N.C.

From the description of Oral history interview with Robert Watts Hudgens, 1965 June 1. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 233007083

From the description of Robert Watts Hudgens interview, 1965 June 1. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 220194359

Robert Watts "Pete" Hudgens (1896-1973), an investment banker, government official, corporation executive and amateur printer, was born in Laurens County, South Carolina.

From the description of Robert Watts Hudgens papers, 1925-1973. (Duke University Library). WorldCat record id: 19643145

Government official.

From the description of Reminiscences of Robert Watts Hudgens : oral history, 1954. (Columbia University In the City of New York). WorldCat record id: 309740258

Robert Watts Pete Hudgens (1896-1973), an investment banker, government official, corporation executive and amateur printer, was born in Laurens County, South Carolina. He graduated from the Citadel in 1915. He served to the rank of captain in the U.S. Army in World War I, was severely wounded in 1918, and spent three years in hospitals before being discharged in 1921. He then became an investment banker, a partner in the firm of Alester G. Furman, his father-in-law, in Greenville, S.C. During his years with the firm (1921-1934) he was also an official of the Greenville Chapter of the American Red Cross and the South Carolina Red Cross, and in these capacities he became involved with the relief of farmers who were suffering economic hardship in the state. To help them he developed a program known as supervised credit, which combined credit with technical assistance. Supervised credit was first used, successfully, in Abbeville County, S.C. (1932-1933), with the assistance of a grant from the American Red Cross, and eventually became the basis of programs used by the Resettlement Administration and the Farm Security Administration. Hudgens' success in rural development led to his 14 years of service in government organizations: the Subsistence Homestead program (1934-1935); the Resettlement Administration, as Louisiana State Director (1935-1936) and as regional director for the Southeast (1936-1937); and the Farm Security Administration, as regional director for the Southeast, and as assistant and then associate, director of the administration (1937-1946).

Hudgens left government service in 1946 and worked a year as director of field organizations for the American Red Cross (1946-1947). He then became executive director of Nelson Rockefeller's American International Association for Economic and Social Development (1948-1953), where he was able to work with rural development programs in other countries, especially in Latin America.

These same concepts were carried over to International Development Services, Inc., which Hudgens formed in 1953. He served as its president until his retirement to Chapel Hill, N.C., in 1963.

From the guide to the Robert Watts Hudgens Papers, 1925-1973, (Duke University. David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library)

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creatorOf Hudgens, Robert Watts, 1896-1973. Reminiscences of Robert Watts Hudgens : oral history, 1954. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
creatorOf Hudgens, Robert Watts, 1896-1973. Oral history interview with Robert Watts Hudgens, 1965 June 1. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Scott Millross Buchanan papers, 1911-1972. Houghton Library.
creatorOf Robert Watts Hudgens Papers, 1925-1973 David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
referencedIn Robert Watts Hudgens Papers, 1925-1973 David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
creatorOf Hudgens, Robert Watts, 1896-1973. Robert Watts Hudgens interview, 1965 June 1. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Hudgens, Robert Watts, 1896-1973. Robert Watts Hudgens papers, 1925-1973. Duke University Libraries, Duke University Library; Perkins Library
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Place Name Admin Code Country
North Carolina
United States
United States
Southern States
Chapel Hill (N.C.)
Latin America
North Carolina
Subject
Rural development--International cooperation
Federal aid to the arts
Rural development
Arts administrators--Interviews
Government executives--Interviews
New Deal, 1933-1939
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Birth 1896

Death 1973

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