Sunday, September 1, 2013
Harry Hopkins and Aubrey Williams
(Harry Hopkins, left, and Aubrey Williams. Image courtesy of the Library of Congress.)
Harry Hopkins was the first director of the WPA, and Aubrey Williams was his number one assistant director. Hopkins went on to be U.S. Secretary of Commerce, and then a personal adviser to President Roosevelt during World War II. Williams was eventually put in charge of the National Youth Administration.
Harry Hopkins (1890-1946) and Aubrey Williams (1890-1965) were key figures during the New Deal era.