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Henry Agard Wallace

33rd Vice President of the United States, United States Presidential Cabinet Secretary. He served as the 33rd Vice President of the United States from 1941 until 1945, the 11th Secretary of Agriculture from 1933 until 1940 and the 10th United States Secretary of Commerce from 1945 until 1946. His father Henry Cantwell Wallace served as the 7th United States Secretary of Agriculture from 1921 to 1924 during the administrations of Warren Harding and Calvin Coolidge. Henry studied at Iowa State College and became editor of his family’s publication the Wallace’s Farmer after his father moved on to his cabinet position. He switched allegiance to the Democratic Party and was named as Franklin Roosevelt’s Secretary of State after he became president. During his tenure at this capacity he focused on assistance programs for farmers during the Depression. The Soil Conservation Service and the Federal Crop Insurance Corporation were established. The food stamp program was implemented in 1939. Wallace succeeded John Nance Garner as Roosevelt’s vice president, however his progressive, outspokenness for postwar cooperation, a comprehensive foreign aid program and a closer relation with the Soviet Union alienated him from many who were in Roosevelt’s inner-circle as well as the Republican Party. Wallace was removed from the presidential ticket in 1944 in favor of Harry Truman (had it not been for his unpopular views Wallace would have succeeded Franklin Roosevelt as President of the United States). However, he remained within the Roosevelt administration and was named the Secretary of Commerce. His tenure at this capacity was brief as he clashed with President Truman over the United States’ position on the Soviet Union for which led to his resignation. In 1948 he made an unsuccessful attempt to run for president with the Progressive Party. In spite of his previous differences with Truman he supported the president’s policies towards Korea. He retired from politics but continued to write articles on politics and agricultural matters until his death in 1965.

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  • Added: 1 Jan 2001
  • Find A Grave Memorial 2560
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Henry Agard Wallace (7 Oct 1888–18 Nov 1965), Find A Grave Memorial no. 2560, citing Glendale Cemetery, Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .