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George Dern

George Dern
Personal data
Date of birthSeptember 8, 1872
Place of birthDodge County, Nebraska, U.S.
Date of deathAugust 27, 1936(age 63)
Place of deathWashington, D.C., U.S.
Political partyDemocrat
SpouseCharlotte Brown (1899 1936)
ProfessionPolitician, Lawyer
ReligionCongregationalist
52nd United States Secretary of War
In officeMarch 4, 1933 - August 27, 1936
PresidentFranklin D. Roosevelt
Succeeded byHarry H. Woodring
Preceded byPatrick J. Hurley
6th Governor of Utah
In officeJanuary 5, 1925 - January 2, 1933
Succeeded byHenry H. Blood
Preceded byCharles R. Mabey

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George Henry Dern (September 8, 1872 August 27, 1936) was an American politician, mining man, and businessman. He is probably best remembered for co-inventing the Holt Dern ore roasting process, as well as for his tenure as United States Secretary of War from 1933 to his death in 1936. He also served as the sixth Governor of Utah for eight years, from 1925 to 1933. Dern was a progressive politician who fought for tax reform, public education, and social welfare. He was an exceptional public speaker, able to captivate and entertain his audience, whether they were Progressives, Democrats, or Republicans.


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