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Marriner Eccles: Father Of The Modern Federal Reserve

Marriner Eccles
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Marriner Eccles, Chairman of the Federal Reserve Board, pictured as he held a press conference in Washington, D.C., 1937.

Marriner Eccles was one of the premier economic thinkers of his time. The Chairman of the Federal Reserve under Presidents Roosevelt and Truman, Marriner was integral to the economic policies of the 1930s and '40s; he was a staunch advocate for the independence of the nation's central bank, and a voice of the New Deal.

Marriner Eccles: Father of the Modern Federal Reserve: Extended Trailer

Eccles leaves behind a legacy as one of the premier economic thinkers of the time, a strong believer in the idea that an economic system should work for the common man, whose stewardship cemented the Federal Reserve as the independent, effective institution it is today. The Marriner S. Eccles Federal Reserve Board Building, with its statue of Marriner inside, is a testament to his life and legacy.

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