Harry Lloyd Hopkins (August 17, 1890 – January 29, 1946) was one of Franklin D. Roosevelt's closest advisers. He was one of the architects of the New Deal, served as Secretary of Commerce, and served as Roosevelt's chief diplomatic advisor during World War II.
Harry Hopkins in Southern Victory
Harry Hopkins was Secretary of the Interior in the Charles W. La Follette Administration. In 1942, he began a series of negotiations with Mormon insurrectionists and met face to face with Hyrum Rush. He offered status quo ante bellum if the Mormons laid down their arms. He further promised no treason trials or further persecutions. Rush felt this did not go far enough and requested a plebiscite on independence as was done in Kentucky, Houston and Sequoyah by Al Smith in 1941. The administration resisted making any further concessions and when Hopkins reported the negotiations to the Joint Committee on the Conduct of the War, a majority objected to the ones already made. Peace negotiations failed in the face of both Executive resistance and bipartisan opposition in the US Congress.
- Drive to the East, pgs. 133-134, HC.
Daniel C. Roper
|United States Commerce Secretary
Jesse Holman Jones
|Secretary of the Interior for the United States