Louis Thomas McFadden

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Louis Thomas McFadden

Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 14th district
In office
Preceded by William D.B. Ainey
Succeeded by William M. Croll

Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 15th district
In office
Preceded by Edgar R. Kiess
Succeeded by Charles E. Dietrich

Born July 25, 1876(1876-07-25)
Granville Center, Troy Township, Bradford County, Pennsylvania
Died October 1, 1936 (aged 60)
New York City
Political party Republican
"The Federal Reserve is one of the most corrupt institutions the world has ever seen. There is not a man within the sound of my voice who does not know that this nation is run by international bankers." Louis Thomas McFadden

Louis Thomas McFadden (July 25, 1876October 1, 1936) was a Republican and a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Pennsylvania. He was the first to insert excerpts from the Protocols into the Congressional Record, having become anti-Jewish.[1]

Early life

McFadden was born in Granville Center, Troy Township, Bradford County, Pennsylvania. He graduated from Warner's Commercial College in Elmira, New York. In 1892 he entered the employ of the First National Bank in Canton, Pennsylvania. In 1899 he was elected cashier, and became its president on January 11 1916, serving until 1925.

He served as treasurer of the Pennsylvania Bankers’ Association in 1906 and 1907, and as president in 1914 and 1915. He was appointed in 1914 by the agricultural societies of the State of Pennsylvania as a trustee of Pennsylvania State College.

Political career

In 1914, McFadden was elected as a Republican Representative to the Sixty-fourth Congress and to the nine succeeding Congresses. He served as Chairman of the United States House Committee on Banking and Currency during the Sixty-sixth through Seventy-first Congresses, or 1920-31. Though re-elected without opposition in 1932, in 1934 he lost to the Democratic nominee by 561 votes. He was an unsuccessful candidate for nomination in 1936.

McFadden's main official legacy was the working on and the passing of the McFadden Act of 1927 limited federal branch banks to the city in which the main branch operates.The Act sought to give national banks competitive equality with state-chartered banks by letting national banks branch to the extent permitted by state law. The McFadden Act specifically prohibited interstate branching by allowing national banks to branch only within the state in which it is situated. Although the Riegel-Neal Interstate Banking and Branching Efficiency Act of 1994 [1] repealed this provision of the McFadden Act, it specified that state law continues to control intrastate branching, or branching within a state's borders, for both state and national banks.

McFadden was known for openly attacking alleged Jewish control of the banking system. He claimed that Jews controlled the American economy He also said that the United States had to choose between "God and the money changers who have unlawfully taken our gold and lawful money into their possession."[2] McFadden also blamed Jews for president Roosevelt's decision to abandon the gold standard, and claimed that "in the United States today, the Gentiles have the slips of paper while the Jews have the lawful money."[3] McFadden was also a supporter of Hitler and the National Socialists' anti-Jewish policies before WW2.[4] When McFadden ran for the presidency in 1936, one of his slogans was “Christianity instead of Judaism.”[5]

McFadden is also remembered for his criticism of the Federal Reserve, which he claimed was created and operated by European banking interests who conspired to economically control the United States. On June 10, 1932, McFadden made a 25-minute speech before the House of Representatives, in which he accused the Federal Reserve of deliberately causing the Great Depression. McFadden also claimed that Wall Street bankers funded the Bolshevik Revolution through the Federal Reserve banks and the European central banks with which it cooperated.

In 1932, he moved to impeach President Herbert Hoover, and also introduced a resolution bringing conspiracy charges against the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve. The impeachment resolution was defeated by a vote of 361 to 8; it was seen as a big vote of confidence to President Hoover from the House.[6]

In 1933, he introduced House Resolution No. 158, Articles of impeachment for the Secretary of the Treasury, two assistant Secretaries of the Treasury, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve, and the officers and directors of its twelve regional banks.

There were two attempts on McFadden's life, a failed shooting and an apparent poisoning that made him "violently ill" after attending a political banquet in Washington. [7][8] He died in 1936 on a visit to New York City and was interred in East Canton Cemetery in Canton, Pennsylvania.


  1. Under Cover, by John Roy Carlson, page 86.
  2. Michael, Robert (2005). A Concise History Of American Antisemitism. Lantham: Rowman & Littlefield, 180. ISBN 0742543137. 
  3. Arad, Gulie Ne'eman (2000). America, Its Jews, and the Rise of National socialism. Indianapolis: Indiana University Press, 174. ISBN 0253338093. 
  4. Michael, page 186
  5. Michael, page 142
  6. "I Impeach. . . .". TIME (December 26, 1932). Retrieved on 2007-09-15.
  7. Robert Edward Edmondson, Pelley's Weekly, October 14, 1936
  8. "Congressman Louis T. McFadden on the Federal Reserve Corporation: Remarks in Congress, 1934", The Forum Publishing Company of Boston, Massachusetts

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
William D.B. Ainey
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 14 congressional district

1915 - 1923
Succeeded by
William M. Croll
Preceded by
Edgar R. Kiess
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 15 congressional district

1923 - 1935
Succeeded by
Charles E. Dietrich
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