Ickes, Harold LeClair
- T. H. Watkins
Ickes, Harold LeClair (15 March 1874–03 February 1952), secretary of the interior under Franklin D. Roosevelt and (briefly) Harry S. Truman, secretary of the interior under Franklin D. Roosevelt and (briefly) Harry S. Truman, was born in Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania, the son of Jesse Boone Williams Ickes, a notions salesman and accountant, and Matilda “Mattie” McCune. Shortly after Harold’s birth the family settled in nearby Altoona. When his mother died of pneumonia in 1890, Ickes and a sister were sent to live with an aunt and uncle in the Chicago suburb of Englewood....