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Robert Somers Brookings

merchant and manufacturer , philanthropist

Robert Somers Brookings, American merchant and manufacturer, philanthropist. Awarded Distinguished Service Medal (United States); Legion of Honour (French); Commander of Crown (Italian); made honorary adviser United States Army Industrial College, 1925. member Capital and Labor Commission appointed by the President, 1919.


Brookings, Robert Somers was born on January 22, 1850 in Cecil County, Maryland, United States. Son of Doctor Richard and Mary (Carter) Brookings.


Educated West Nottingham Academy, Cecil Company. Honorary Master of Arts, Yale, 1899. Doctor of Laws, University of Missouri, 1902, Harvard, 1920.

Doctor of Laws and M.D. (honorary), Washington University, 1929.


Admitted to partnership, Cupples Company, St. Louis, 1872. Retired from business, 1896. Remainder of life was devoted to philanthropy.

Vice-president St. Louis Union Trust Company. President St. Louis Choral Symphony Society, 1882-1897. President Mercantile Library, St. Louis.

President corporation Washington University, St. Louis, 1897-1928. Erected and equipped, 1913-1914, all the buildings of the reorganized Medical School of Washington University. Trustee, Carnegie Institution, Washington, and Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

Regent Smithsonian Institution. Founder and Chairman of the Board Brookings Institution, Washington. Was member War Industries Board and chairman Price Fixing Committee, also commissioner of Finished Products, and member Purchasing Commission during World War.

Member Capital and Labor Commission appointed by the President, 1919.


  • Author: Industrial Ownership, 1925. Economic Democracy, 1929. A Suggested Evolution of Capitalism, 1930.


Member Capital and Labor Commission appointed by the President, 1919.


Married Isabel Valle January, June 19, 1927.

Doctor Richard Brookings

Mary (Carter) Brookings

Isabel Valle January