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McAdoo's interests turned to politics where he campaigned for Woodrow Wilson. In 1912, he became the vice chairman of the Democratic National Committee. In 1913 he was named the Secretary of the Treasury by President Wilson. He married Wilson's daughter Eleanor Randolph Wilson at the White House on May 7, 1914.
At the brink of World War I when the U.S. was facing a financial crisis, it was McAdoo who secured the U.S. loyalty to the gold standard. Then in September 1917 he gave a passionate speech to a group of New York bankers where he detailed the broken promises by the German government which had led to the loss of American lives. He also spoke of threats within the US when he said: "There are some noisy agitators and disloyal writers in this country who have persistently endeavored to confuse the issue and to carry on a seditious and subtle propaganda for the purpose of producing discontent among the people and of giving aid and encouragement to the enemies of the United States."
He then rallied citizens to meet the cause by buying Liberty bonds to fund the war. In the 1920s, he ran twice for the Democratic nomination for President. In the 1924 election, his nomination failed largely because of the endorsement of the Ku Klux Klan.
|President Wilson with his granddaughter, |
Ellen Wilson McAdoo, Library of Congress,
Prints and Photographs Division, photograph by
Harris & Ewing, LC-DIG-hec-18044
After moving to Los Angeles, California, he served as Senator of the state from 1933-1938.
After an unsuccessful re-election, he served as chairmen of the board of directors for a steamship line. He died in Washington, D.C. in February, 1941 and is buried at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington VA.