Presidential Cabinet Secretary, US Diplomat. He graduated from Harvard in 1879. Following his father into business, he became a director and major stockholder of several banks, railroads, insurance companies, and manufacturing concerns while still in his twenties. He then entered politics, serving on the Boston City Council and Board of Aldermen, one of the few successful Republicans in Boston. He served in the Massachusetts House of Representaives from 1892 to 1896 and was Speaker from 1894 to 1896. Meyer served as Ambassador to Italy from 1900 to 1905 and Russia from 1905 to 1907. He returned to the United States to join President Theodore Roosevelt's cabinet as Postmaster General, holding office from 1907 to 1909. His achievements included the establishment of postal savings banks and the start of mail collection and delivery by automobile. In 1909 President William Howard Taft appointed George Meyer Secretary of the Navy, and he served in that capacity until 1913. During his time as Secretary the Navy experimented with aviation, proving the feasibility of carrier-based aircraft.
Bio by: Bill McKern