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Leon H. Keyserling

economist , Lawyer

Leon H. KEYSERLING, economist in the field of Economic Fluctuations; Forecasting; Stabilisation. Phi Beta Kappa, 1928; $10,000 Prize Pabst Employment Contest, 1944; President, National Conference Labor, Israel, 1969-1973; Man-of-Year-Award, American Jewish Congress; Honorary Faculty, Industrial College, Armed Forces, since 1966; Editorial Board, United States Center Study of Presidency, since 1980.


Keyserling, Leon H. was born on January 22, 1908 in Charleston, South Carolina, United States. Son of William and Jennie (Hyman) Keyserling.


AB, Columbia University, 1928. Postgraduate in economics, Columbia University, 1933. Bachelor of Laws, Harvard University, 1931.

D.Bus. Science honorary, Bryant College, 1965. Doctor of Humane Letters honorary, University Missouri, 1978.


Assistant department economics Columbia University (teaching), 1932-1933. Attorney American Automobile Association, 1933. Secretary, legislation assistant to Senator Robert F. Wagner, 1933-1937.

Top expert Senate Committee Banking and Currency, 1935-1937. General counsel United States Housing Authority, 1937-1938, deputy administrator and general counsel, 1938-1942, acting administrator, 1941-1942. Acting commissioner Federal Public Housing Authority, 1942.

General counsel National Housing Agency, 1942-1946. Vice chairman President's Council Economic Advisers (Employment Act 1946), 1946-1950, chairman, 1950-1953, de facto member Cabinet and National Security Council. Consultant, economist and pract. attorney working with various national firms, organizations and indiv. in the United States and at times consultant to governments of France, India, Israel & Puerto Rico, 1953-1971.

Volunteer public service United States economic performance and national policies, 1971-1988. Honorary member faculty Industrial College Armed Forces, 1966-1988. Consultant to various members United States Senate and House of Representatives, 1942-1946, 53-88.

Founder, president Conference on Economic Progress, 1954-1988. President National Committee for Labor Israel, 1969-1973. Director various companies.


  • Phi Beta Kappa, 1928. $10,000 Prize Pabst Employment Contest, 1944. President, National Conference Labor, Israel, 1969-1973.

    Man-of-Year-Award, American Jewish Congress. Honorary Faculty, Industrial College, Armed Forces, since 1966. Editorial Board, United States Center Study of Presidency, since 1980.




more than half a century in public office and private consulting, my work has concentrated upon efforts to increase the economic security and, through real economic growth and improve income distribution, (coupled with full employment and reasonable price stability) to lift the real incomes and living standards of the American people. Throughout this effort, the primary lifelong influences upon my work have been my father, William Keyserling, my old teacher, Rexford Guy Tugwell, and my long-time employer, United States Senator Robert F. Wagner.


Member American Economic Association, American Political Science Association, Phi Beta Kappa Clubs: Cosmos, Harvard, Columbia University (Washington).


Married Mary Dublin, October 4, 1940.

William Keyserling

Jennie (Hyman) Keyserling

Mary Dublin