Monday, February 9, 2009

A Bit Of Oregoniana That I Didn't Know ...

That Rep. Willis Hawley, famously of the Hawley-Smoot Tariffs, which have borne the brunt of a percentage of the blame for lengthening and strengthening the first Republican Great Depression, was congressman from Oregon's 1st district (ca early 20th C.). David Sarasohn:

Willis C. Hawley, whose parents came over the Oregon Trail, had
already been president of Willamette University when he was elected to
Congress in 1906. By the end of the 1920s, he was chairman of the Ways
and Means Committee, where he responded to the Depression by
co-authoring (with Utah Sen. Reed Smoot) the Smoot-Hawley Tariff, which
sharply raised rates, cut back international trade, and is considered
to have made the economic situation worse.

So on the one hand, Hawley helped make the Great Depression even
more depressing. On the other hand, he's the most famous Oregon
congressman ever.

Wow. History. It's a two-edged sword.

Everyone join me down at the Crystal this weekend when Hawley Smoot and the Tariffs play ...


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