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Roy Gillispie Blakey


Roy Gillispie Blakey, American economist.


Blakey, Roy Gillispie was born on April 27, 1880 in Shelbina, Missouri, United States. Son of Frederic Glendi and Minora (Gillispie) Blakey.


Student of University of Missouri, 1900-1901. Bachelor of Philosophy, Drake U., 1905, Doctor of Laws, 1940. Master of Arts, University Colorado, 1910.

Doctor of Philosophy., Columbia, 1912.


Reporter Daily Camera, Boulder, Colorado, later Rocky Mountain News, 1908-1909. Special agent New York State Food Investigating Commission, 1912. Assistant professor. economics, Cornell Univercity, 1912-1915.

Assistant professor economics University of Minnesota, 1915-1918, associate professor, 1918-1919, professor, 1919-1948, professor emeritus since 1948. Visiting professor University of California at Los Angeles, 1948-1951, U. Hawaii, 1949. Now holds chair of public finance Faculty of Political Science, State University of Turkey, Ankara.

Also lecturer Turkish Army Intelligence Division, and general adivser or consultant Mutual Security Administration and University Research and Activities. Director Bureau Research and Statistics, Minnesota State Tax Commission, 1916. Economist and trade specialist United States War Trade Board, 1918.

Economist and associate director Savings Division United States Treasury Department, 1918-1919. Institute of Economics, Brookings Institution, 1927-1928. Consultant North Carolina State Tax Commission, 1928-1929.

Tax adviser to governor W. Virginia, 1930. Director Minnesota tax survey, 1931-1932. Director tax public expenditure div.

Minnesota and unites states department of Agriculture land utilization survey, 1933.


  • Author books, relating to field, latest being: Sales Taxes and Other Excises (with Gladys C. Blakey), 1945. Also brochures and numerous articles. Editor, associate editor or consultant editor various technical publications in field, 1920-1936.

    Co-author, co-editor studies and publications Department Commerce, 1935-1937.


Member finance committee Minneapolis Survey Commission, 1929-1931. Member Gov’s Committee on Liquor Control and Taxation, 1933. Member Minnesota State Planning Board, 1934-1935.

Fellow Royal Economics Society, Royal History Society. Member American Economics Association, National Tax Association (Vice-President 1942-1943, president 1943-1944), Beta Gamma Sigma, Phi Beta Kappa, Lambda Chi Alpha, Alpha Kappa Psi.


Married Gladys McAlpine Campbell, August, 1917.

Frederic Glendi Blakey

Minora (Gillispie) Blakey

Gladys McAlpine Campbell