Dr. Hubert Work, Sr., U.S. Postmaster General and Secretary of the Interior

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Hubert R. Work, Sr.

Birthdate: (82)
Birthplace: E. Mahoning, Indiana, PA, United States
Death: December 14, 1942 (82)
Denver, Denver, CO, United States
Place of Burial: Arlington, VA, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Moses Thompson Work and Tabitha Logan Van Horn
Husband of Laura M. Work and Ethel Reed Gano Work (Spooner)
Father of Dr. Philip Work; Frances Mary Work; Hubert Robert Work, Jr.; Dorcas Logan Work and Robert Van Horn Work
Brother of Elizabeth Frances Hood; Frances A. Work; Mary S. Steele; Ruth Work; Sara Steele Lytle and 1 other
Half brother of Thaddeus C. Work; Milton Work; Asenath Work; Ruth Work and Arabella Work

Occupation: doctor
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About Dr. Hubert Work, Sr., U.S. Postmaster General and Secretary of the Interior

From “Work Family History”, vol. I (1969) & vol. II (1994), compiled by Von Gail Hamilton.

Hubert planned to go to CA to practice medicine after he graduated from medical school. He stopped in Greeley, CO, to visit his cousin, James Work McCreery. While there, he contracted typhoid fever, and Mary Melvina (Arbuckle) McCreery, his cousin's wife nursed him until he recovered. During his convalescence, Laura May Arbuckle came to visit her sister, and Dr. Work fell in love with her. They were married and moved to Ft. Morgan. Later, they located at Pueblo, CO, and founded Woodcroft Hospital, the 1st mental institution in the Rocky Mountains. He was a Presbyterian and a Mason.

In an article on boners by political candidates and their entourages, we find this concerning Hubert - On Hoover's campaign train, ex-Secretary of the Interior Hubert Work told a western crowd, "I've spent many delightful hours in your beautiful little city. It is a very genuine pleasure to find myself back in .....". He then whispered to a colleague standing beside him these words which a microphone picked up, "Where the hell are we?"

Hubert was a Lt. Col. in the U.S. Army Medical Corps, and in WWI was a medical adviser to the Provost Marshal General. He served as President of the American Medical Association; Asst. Postmaster General, 1921; Postmaster General, 1922; Secretary of the Interior, 1923-28. One of his 1st acts in this latter capacity was to clean the dept. of all traces of the scandal resulting from the leasing of the Teapot Dome in WY naval oil reserve. His reorganization of the dept. was reputed to have reduced expenditures $129 million the 1st 3 years of his tenure. He had no tolerance for clock watchers, ordering all clocks removed from the Interior Dept., when he became secretary.

A close friend of Calvin Cooledge, Hubert also fought side by side with the White House physician to save the life of Pres. Harding.



Hubert Work (July 3, 1860 – December 14, 1942) was a U.S. administrator and physician. He served as the Postmaster General between 1922 and 1923 in the presidency of Warren G. Harding. He then served as the Secretary of the Interior from 1923-1928 during the administration of Calvin Coolidge.

Work was born in Marion Center, Pennsylvania. Attended medical school at the University of Michigan from 1882-1883, but ultimately received an M.D. from the University of Pennsylvania in 1885. He settled in Colorado and founded Woodcroft Hospital in Pueblo in 1896. In 1920, Work served as president of the advocacy group, the American Medical Association.

Work was active in the Republican Party, having served as the Colorado state chairman in 1912. In 1914, Work ran unsuccessfully in a special election for the United States Senate having been defeated by the Democrat Charles Spalding Thomas, later the governor of Colorado. Work polled 98,728 votes (39 percent) in a multi-candidate to field to Thomas' 102,037 ballots (40.3 percent). This was Colorado's first Senate election by popular vote under the Seventeenth Amendment to the United States Constitution.

He was a Colorado delegate to the Republican National Convention in 1920, and he chaired the Republican National Committee from 1928 to 1929.

During World War I, Work served in the U.S. Army in the Medical Corps and attained the rank of lieutenant colonel.

Work served as the U.S. Assistant Postmaster General from 1921 to 1922 and Postmaster General from 1922 to 1923, under President Harding. He also served as U.S. Secretary of the Interior from 1923 to 1928, under both Harding and Coolidge. During Work's tenure as Secretary of the Interior, American citizenship was formally granted to Native Americans.

He died in Denver and was buried in Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia.

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Dr. Hubert Work, Sr., U.S. Postmaster General and Secretary of the Interior's Timeline

July 3, 1860
E. Mahoning, Indiana, PA, United States
June 20, 1888
Age 27
Ft. Morgan, CO, United States
August 10, 1890
Age 30
Ft. Morgan, CO, United States
May 22, 1894
Age 33
Pueblo, CO, United States
September 30, 1896
Age 36
Pueblo, CO, United States
April 23, 1898
Age 37
Pueblo, CO, United States
December 14, 1942
Age 82
Denver, Denver, CO, United States
December 19, 1942
Age 82
Arlington, VA, United States