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John M. Carmody

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John Michael Carmody 1881 – November 11, 1963 was an American administrator, noted as editor of Factory and Industrial Management, and as administrator of the Rural Electrification Administration and the Federal Works Agency in the 1930s1


  • 1 Biography
  • 2 Work
    • 21 Federal Works Agency
  • 3 Selected publications
  • 4 References
  • 5 External links


Born in Towanda, Pennsylvania, Carmody attended Elmira College, the Lewis Institute in Chicago later merged with Armour Institute of Technology to become Illinois Institute of Technology, and the Columbia University2

In 1900 he started his career in the steel industry, working as inspector for companies in Pennsylvania and Illinois, and abroad in Ontario in Canada, and in Havana in Cuba From 1914 to 1922 he worked in the garment industry in Cleveland, Ohio for the H Black Company, producer of produced WoolTex brand coats for women, and for the Printz-Biederman Company, another coat manufacturer In 1921 he joined the Bituminous Coal Commission under US President Warren G Harding, his first federal job The work of the commission would eventually lead to the Guffey Coal Act of 1935 From 1922 to 1926 Carmody worked for the Davis's Davis Coal and Coke Company in Coketon, West Virginia2 In 1927 he joined the McGraw-Hill Publishing company to become editor for the magazine Coal Age, and from 1928 to 1929 for the Factory and Industrial Management magazine Since 1933 held several government positions, starting as appointed chief engineer of the Civil Works Administration in 1933, member of the National Mediation Board in 1934/35, and in the National Labor Relations Board in 1935 In 1937 he was appointed by Franklin D Roosevelt administrator of Rural Electrification Administration, and in 1939 head of the Federal Works Agency3 Furthermore, he was member in the United States Maritime Commission 1941-46,4 the War Assets Administration until 1949, and the General Board of the United States Navy until 1951 In the 1950s he continued to worked as consultant and labor arbitrator2


Federal Works Agencyedit

Carmody before Senate Committee in Washington, DC, July 13, 1939

As administrator of the Federal Works Agency, Carmody appeared for the US Senate Committee July 13, 1939, where he promised that, new public works program will not interfere with private industry

Carmody also promised the "Senate Banking and Currency Committee that the new $350,000,000 public works program would not interfere with private industry He pointed out that President Roosevelt's program made no specific provisions for federal loans to municipalities for acquisition of private utilities"5

Selected publicationsedit

  • Dunlap, John R, Arthur Van Vlissingen and John Michael Carmody eds Factory and Industrial Management, New York, The Engineering Magazine Co, 1928-1929
  • John M Carmody, E W Clark Wage Rate Laws on Public Works US Government Printing Office, 1939
  • Carmody, John Michael The Reminiscences of John Carmody Columbia University, Oral History Research Office, 1957

Articles, a selection:

  • John M Carmody “Unemployment Solutions,” Factory and Industrial Management, LXXIX June, 1930, 371
  • Carmody, John M "Rural Electrification in the United States" The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science 1939: 82-88


  1. ^ Bonnie Fox Schwartz 2014 The Civil Works Administration, 1933-1934: The Business of Emergency p 55
  2. ^ a b c Carmody, John at fdrlibrarymaristedu Accessed 26012015
  3. ^ LIFE, Sept 2, 1946 p 21
  4. ^ Lane, Frederic Chapin Ships for victory: A history of shipbuilding under the US Maritime Commission in World War II JHU Press, 2001
  5. ^ Library of Congress Accessed 26012015

External linksedit

  • John M Carmody - Franklin D Roosevelt Library & Museum
  • John Michael Carmody - New Deal

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