Biography of George Bruce Cortelyou
Cortelyou, George Bruce. Ex-secretary of the treasury. Born in New York, 1862. Graduated at Hempstead, LI, Institute and State Normal School, Westfield, MA. Graduate of the law schools of Georgetown and Columbian (George Washington) universities. In 1883, general law reporter. Was principal of schools in New York from 1885 to 1889. Entered the public service a private secretary to public officials. Was appointed stenographer to President Cleveland 1895; executive clerk 1896; assistant secretary to President McKinley, 1898; secretary to the president, 1900; reappointed by President Roosevelt. Was appointed secretary of the newly established Department of Commerce and Labor, 1903. Elected chairman of the Republican National Committee in 1904, and conducted the campaign which resulted in the election of President Roosevelt. He entered the new cabinet, 1905, as postmaster-general, and on March 4, 1907, was appointed secretary of the treasury. In 1909, became president of New York Gas Co.