Harold L. Ickes

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Harold L. Ickes

Harold LeClair Ickes (March 15, 1874February 3, 1952) was an American politician. He served as Secretary of the Interior for thirteen years, from 1933 to 1946, and was known as President Franklin D. Roosevelt's point man for the New Deal.


  • It is impossible to carry the American people along with you on a program of caution to forestall a threatening position.


  • What we were striving for was a kind of modified form of communism.
    • Reported in Paul F. Boller, Jr., and John George, They Never Said It: A Book of Fake Quotes, Misquotes, & Misleading Attributions (1989), p. 52, indicating that President Ronald Reagan had attributed this quote to Ickes in December 1981.

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