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Oswald Whitman Knauth


Oswald Whitman Knauth, American economist.


Knauth, Oswald Whitman was born on June 3, 1887 in New York City. Son of Percival and Mary (Whitman) Knauth.


Bachelor of Arts, Harvard, 1909. Doctor of Philosophy., Columbia, 1913.


Bank Note Company, 1909-1910. Instructor, later assistant professor economics Princeton, 1913-1916. Editorial writer New York Evening Post, 1916-1917.

Member of staff National Bureau Economics Research, Inc., 1919-1922. Began with R. H. Macy & Company, 1922, becoming treasurer, 1933. President Associate Dry Goods Corporation, 1936-1943.

Assistant director Statistics Division, War Production Board, 1942. Consultant quartermaster general, 1942-1943, Army Supply Forces, 1942-1944. Lecturer Columbia, 1948-1951, visiting professor, 1948-1954.


  • Author: Policy of the United States Toward Industrial Monopoly, 1914. Income in the United States (with others), 1921. Distribution of Income by States, 1923.

    Managerial Enterprise, 1948. Theory of Marketing (with others), 1949. Business Practices, Trade Position and Competition, 1956.


Member Retailers’ Advisory Committee to Office of Personnel Management. Member executive Defense Savings staff, New York State. Member Appeal Board Selective Service.

Served as First lieutenant 106th Field Artillery, United States Army, World War. Executive director Emergency Relief Bureau New York, 1935. Trustee Twentieth Century Fund.

Member American Economics Association, American Statistical Association, National Economics League, Academy Political Science Republican. Clubs: Cosmos (Washington), Century, Harvard, Knickerbocker, Crusing of America.


Married Anna Dixwell Clements, September 29, 1911. Children: Oliver Dixwell, Basil Dixwell, Arnold Whitman World War II With American.

Percival Knauth

Mary (Whitman) Knauth

Anna Dixwell Clements

Oliver Dixwell Knauth

Basil Dixwell Knauth

Arnold Whitman World War II With Am Knauth