July 1, 1944
Professor Mabel Newcomer, chairman of the economics department, was one of twelve American delegates named by President Roosevelt to the United Nations Monetary and Financial Conference held at Bretton Woods, NH. In announcing the appointments, the President had said that the delegates’ responsibility was, first, to demonstrate “to the world that international postwar cooperation is possible.” More specifically, the conferees were charged by Mr. Roosevelt to try to formulate “definite proposals for an international monetary fund, and possibly a bank for reconstruction and development.”
The delegation included Secretary of the Treasury Henry Morgenthau Jr., Fred M. Vinson, director of the Office of Economic Stabilization, Marriner S. Eccles, chairman of the Federal Reserve and New York Senator Robert F. Wagner, chairman of the Senate Committee on Banking and Currency. Dr. Newcomer was the only woman and the only academic representative in the American delegation.