Rexford Guy Tugwell

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Rexford Guy Tugwell

Birthdate: (88)
Birthplace: Sinclairville, Chautauqua County, New York, United States
Death: Died in Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara County, California, United States
Place of Burial: Sinclairville, Chautauqua County, New York, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Charles Henry Tugwell and Dessie M. Tugwell
Husband of Grace Tugwell and Florence Tugwell
Father of Marcia Jane Tugwell and Franklin Tugwell, Dr.
Brother of Pauline Gertrude Sweeney; Donald George Tugwell and William Kenneth Tugwell

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About Rexford Guy Tugwell

Rexford Guy Tugwell was an economist who became part of Franklin D. Roosevelt's first "Brain Trust," a group of Columbia University academics who helped develop policy recommendations leading up to Roosevelt's New Deal. Tugwell served in FDR's administration until he was forced out in 1936. He was a specialist on planning and believed the government should have large-scale plans to move the economy out of the Great Depression because private enterprise was too frozen in place to do the job. He helped design the New Deal farm program and the Resettlement Administration that moved subsistence farmers into small rented farms under close supervision. His ideas on suburban planning resulted in the construction of Greenbelt, Maryland, with low-cost rents for relief families. He was denounced by conservatives who said his government-imposed planning violated the values of individualism.

Roosevelt appointed Tugwell as Governor of Puerto Rico during World War II (1941-1946), and later president of the United Fruit Company. He became a professor at various universities, with lengthy service at the University of Chicago and the University of California at Santa Barbara. He wrote twenty books, covering the politics of the New Deal, biographies of major politicians, issues in planning, and memoirs of his experiences.

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Rexford Guy Tugwell's Timeline

1891
July 10, 1891
Sinclairville, Chautauqua County, New York, United States
1924
1924
Age 32
1979
July 21, 1979
Age 88
Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara County, California, United States
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Sinclairville, Chautauqua County, New York, United States