Friedrich Johannes Hugo von Engelken

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Friedrich Johannes Hugo "F. H." von Engelken

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Husband of Louisiana Breckinridge Hart Gibson

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About Friedrich Johannes Hugo von Engelken

Friedrich Johannes Hugo "F. H." von Engelken (1881–1930) was Director of the United States Mint from 1916 to 1917.


F. H. von Engelken was born in Denmark in 1881. He later moved to Florida. He married Louisiana Breckenridge Hart Gibson in 1906.

In 1908, von Engelken was a member of the American Commission appointed by President of the United States Theodore Roosevelt to study rural credits in Western Europe. He authored a minority report that was ultimately incorporated into the Federal Farm Loan Act of 1916 which created the Farm Credit System.

In 1916, President Woodrow Wilson named von Engelken Director of the United States Mint and he subsequently held this office from September 1916 to March 1917.

In 1917, he became president of the Federal Land Bank of the Third District. He later became head of bond sales for the Farm Loan Board.

Toward the end of World War I, United States Secretary of War Newton D. Baker recommended von Engelken for a major of engineers. In 1919, he traveled to Europe to report on economic conditions.