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Carter Glass
Carterglass
Historical Figure
Nationality: United States
Date of Birth: 1858
Date of Death: 1946
Cause of Death: Congestive heart failure
Occupation: Journalist, politician
Spouse: Aurelia McDearmon Caldwell (d. 1937), Mary Scott
Children: Four
Political Party: Democratic Party
Turtledove Appearances:
Joe Steele
POD: 1878;
Relevant POD: July, 1932
Novel or Story?: Novel only
Type of Appearance: Direct
Carter Glass (January 4, 1858 – May 28, 1946) was an American newspaper publisher and politician from Lynchburg, Virginia. He served many years in Congress as a member of the Democratic Party. As House co-sponsor, he played a central role in the development of the 1913 Glass-Owen Act that created the Federal Reserve System. Glass subsequently served as the U.S. Secretary of the Treasury under President Woodrow Wilson. Later elected to the Senate, he became widely known as co-sponsor of the Glass–Steagall Act of 1933, which enforced the separation of investment banking and commercial banking, and established the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC).

Carter Glass in Joe SteeleEdit

Senator Carter Glass was one of several Southern Democrats who initially opposed President Joe Steele's proposed legislation to nationalize the country's banks on the ground of states' rights. The fact that he'd once been Secretary of the Treasury gave his opinions some additional weight.[1]

However, after a one-on-one meeting with Steele, Glass abruptly changed his mind, calling the nationalization bill a "worthy piece of legislation."[2] Other Southern Democrats fell in line.[3]

What the public never knew was that Steele's ally, J. Edgar Hoover, director of the Bureau of the Investigation, had found "evidence" that Glass had had an affair with his family's Negro maid, Emma, which produced a son. Steele threatened to release that information to the public unless Glass fell in line.[4]

Literary commentEdit

The historical record doesn't seem to support the idea that Glass had an illegitimate child. As the Steele Administration is quite willing to lie about its enemies, it is probably the case that Glass' affair is another lie.

See AlsoEdit

  • Strom Thurmond, historical South Carolina politician and proponent of segregation. Upon his death in 2003, his mixed-race daughter made her existence known. Her mother had been a maid in the Thurmond house. Thurmond's real affair broadly parallels Carter's fictional affair in Joe Steele. Although there have been similar cases throughout Southern history, Thurmond's is the most well known.

ReferencesEdit

  1. Joe Steele, pg. 49.
  2. Ibid., pg. 50-51.
  3. Ibid. pg. 51.
  4. Ibid., pg. 54-56.
Political offices
(OTL)
Preceded by
Peter J. Otey
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives

from Virginia's 6th congressional district
November 4, 1902 – December 16, 1918

Succeeded by
James P. Woods
Preceded by
William G. McAdoo
Secretary of the Treasury
December 16, 1918 – February 1, 1920
Succeeded by
David F. Houston
Preceded by
B. Patton Harrison
President pro tempore of the United States Senate
July 11, 1941 – January 2, 1945
Succeeded by
Kenneth McKellar
Preceded by
Thomas S. Martin
U.S. Senator (Class 2) from Virginia
February 2, 1920 – May 28, 1946
Succeeded by
Thomas G. Burch

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