Hall of Secretaries
Maurice J. Tobin
Tenure: August 13, 1948 to January 20, 1953
From Massachusetts; served in the Massachusetts House of Representatives, Boston School Committee; Mayor of Boston; Governor of Massachusetts.
Appointed by Harry Truman. DOL's budget and staff were restored and international responsibilities were strengthened, including the building of the Labor Attache program. He made effective use of his Trade Union Advisory Committee for International Affairs in mobilizing American unions' support in the rebuilding of war ravaged Europe under the Marshall Plan. He consolidated most of the widely dispersed government labor functions in DOL. With the outbreak of the Korean War in 1950, an Executive Order made him responsible for wartime labor supply; created the Defense Manpower Administration.