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Rexford Tugwell : biography

July 10, 1891 - July 21, 1979

Rexford Guy Tugwell (July 10, 1891 – July 21, 1979) was an agricultural economist who became part of Franklin D. Roosevelt's first "Brain Trust," a group of Columbia academics who helped develop policy recommendations leading up to Roosevelt's 1932 election as President. Tugwell subsequently served in FDR's administration for four years and was one of the chief intellectual contributors to his New Deal. His ideas on urban planning during the Great Depression resulted in the construction of Greenbelt, Maryland and other new suburbs.

Later in his life, Tugwell served as the director of the New York City Planning Commission, the US-appointed Governor of Puerto Rico, and a professor at various universities, with lengthy service at the University of Chicago and the University of Santa Barbara. He wrote twenty books, covering the politics of the New Deal, biographies of major politicians, issues in planning and memoirs of some of his experiences.


  • The Economic Basis of Public Interest, Menasha, Wisconsin: George Banta Publishing Company, 1922.
  • Industry's Coming of Age, New York: Harcourt, Brace, 1927.
  • Mr. Hoover's Economic Policy, New York: John Day, 1932.
  • The Industrial Discipline and the Governmental Arts, New York: Columbia University Press, 1933.
  • The Battle for Democracy, New York: Columbia University Press, 1935.
  • Changing the Colonial Climate: the Story, from His Official Messages, of Governor Rexford Guy Tugwell's Efforts to Bring Democracy to an Island Possession Which Serves the United Nations as a Warbase, selection and explanatory comments by J. San Juan Lear: Bureau of Supplies, Printing, and Transportation, 1942.
  • Puerto Rican Public Papers of R. G. Tugwell, Governor, San Juan: Service Office of the Government of Puerto Rico, Printing Division, 1945.
  • Forty-Fifth Annual Report of the Governor, 1945, San Juan: Government of Puerto Rico, 1945.
  • The Stricken Land: The Story of Puerto Rico, Garden City, New York: Doubleday, 1947. ISBN 978-0-8371-0252-8
  • The Place of Planning in Society: Seven Lectures, San Juan: Office of the Government Planning Board, 1954.
  • A Chronicle of Jeopardy, 1945–1955, Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1955.
  • The Democratic Roosevelt: A Biography of Franklin D. Roosevelt, Garden City, New York: Doubleday, 1957.
  • The Art of Politics, As Practiced by Three Great Americans: Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Luis Munoz Marin, and Fiorell H. LaGuardia, Garden City, New York: Doubleday, 1958.
  • The Enlargement of the Presidency, Garden City, New York: Doubleday, 1960.
  • The Light of Other Days, Garden City, New York: Doubleday, 1962.
  • How They Became President, Simon & Schuster, 1964.
  • FDR: An Architect of an Era, Macmillan, 1967.
  • The Brains Trust, Viking Press, 1968. ISBN 978-0-670-00273-3
  • In Search of Roosevelt, Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1972. ISBN 978-0-674-44625-0
  • The Emerging Constitution, Harper's Magazine Press, 1974. ISBN 978-0-06-128225-6.

Category:1891 births Category:1979 deaths Category:People from Chautauqua County, New York Category:Franklin D. Roosevelt Administration personnel Category:Governors of Puerto Rico Category:Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania alumni Category:Columbia University alumni Category:University of Washington faculty Category:Columbia University faculty Category:Western writers about Soviet Russia Category:University of Puerto Rico faculty Category:University of Chicago faculty Category:American economists Category:Greenbelt, Maryland

Representation in other media

The 1962 novel The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick features a novel within a novel, The Grasshopper Lies Heavy, in which Tugwell was elected President of the United States in 1940, succeeding Franklin Roosevelt, and received much of the credit for the Allied victory in World War II.

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