United States Department of Commerce and Labor

United States Department of Commerce and Labor

The United States Department of Commerce and Labor was a short-lived Cabinet department of the United States government, which was concerned with Business.

It was created on February 14, 1903. It was subsequently renamed the Department of Commerce on March 4, 1913, and its bureaus and agencies specializing in labor were transferred to the new Department of Labor.

The United States Secretary of Commerce and Labor was the head of the department. The secretary was a member of the President's Cabinet. Corresponding with the division of the department in 1913, the Secretary's position was divided into separate positions of Commerce and Labor.

In 2011, in response to federal budget-cutting efforts, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), sponsored Senate Bill 1116, a proposal to re-combine two departments as the "Department of Commerce and the Workforce" [1]. To date no action on this proposal has been taken beyond referral to committee. [2]

List of Secretaries of Commerce and Labor


      Democratic       Republican

No. Portrait Name State of Residence Took Office Left Office President(s)
1 Cortelyou-george-bruce.jpg George B. Cortelyou New York February 18, 1903 June 30, 1904 Theodore Roosevelt
2 VHMetcalf.jpeg Victor H. Metcalf California July 1, 1904 December 16, 1906
3 Oscar Solomon Straus 1.jpg Oscar S. Straus New York December 17, 1906 March 5, 1909
4 Charles Nagel, 1849–1940.jpg Charles Nagel Missouri March 6, 1909 March 4, 1913 William Howard Taft


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