The New International Encyclopædia/Shaw, Leslie Mortimer

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SHAW, Leslie Mortimer (1848—). An American lawyer, banker, and Cabinet officer, born in Morristown, Vt. He removed to Iowa in 1869, and was educated at Cornell College and at the law school of the University of Iowa. He practiced law at Denison, Ia., where he subsequently became interested in banking. In 1896 he became prominent as a Republican campaign speaker and an earnest advocate of the gold standard. In 1897 and again in 1899 he was elected Governor of Iowa, and in January, 1902, he entered the Cabinet of President Roosevelt as Secretary of the Treasury to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Lyman J. Gage.