FDR's first Treasury Secretary, Will Woodin, is not as well known as his second (Henry Morgenthau), largely because Woodin gave the job everything he had, including his life. He died close to the first anniversary of his swearing in.
He was a fascinating person, a lover of music and a composer. He wanted to be a doctor but followed his father into the railway car business.
He made a significant contribution to the successful implementation of the New Deal, despite being a Republican and disagreeing with some of FDR's program.
Here is the story I wrote for the East Hampton Star, published today -
GUESTWORDS: The F.D.R.-Woodin Miracle | The East Hampton Star