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First Name: Ogden

Last Name: Mills

Birthplace: Newport, RI, USA

Gender: Male

Branch: Army (1784 - present)

Middle Name: Livingston

Date of Birth: 23 August 1884

Date of Death: 11 October 1937

Rank: Captain

Years Served:
Ogden Livingston Mills

•  World War I (1914 - 1918)


Ogden Livingston Mills
Captain, U.S. Army

Ogden Livingston Mills was born on 23 August 1884 in Newport, RI, the son of Ogden Mills and Ruth T. Livingston. He had twin sisters, Beatrice and Gladys Livingston Mills. Ogden L. Mills was the grandson of Darius O. Mills, who bequeathed to his son a fortune in excess of $40 million amassed in banking, railroad and mining ventures on the Pacific Coast, Mills graduated from Harvard University in 1904 and Harvard Law School in 1907. He became a lawyer in New York in 1908.

In 1911, Mills married Margaret Rutherford, step-daughter of William Kissam Vanderbilt, in France. They divorced in May 1920. She subsequently married and divorced Sir Paul Dukes (1922-1929); Prince Charles Michael Joachim Napoleon Murat (1929-1939); and F.L. Sprague in 1939, before remarrying Prince Charles a second time in 1945.

He was a delegate to the Republican National Conventions in 1912, 1916, and 1920. He served in the New York Senate from 1914-17, when he resigned to enlist in the U.S. Army, and served with the rank of Captain until the close of the World War I.

He was president of the New York State Tax Association and a businessman until he was elected as a Republican to the 67th, 68th and 69th U.S. Congresses from New York's 17th District, serving from 1921-27. On 3 September 1924, he married his second wife, Dorothy Randolph Fell, divorced first wife of the banker, John R. Fell.

In 1926, he ran on the Republican ticket for Governor of New York, but was defeated by the incumbent Democrat Al Smith.

He was appointed Undersecretary of the Treasury by President Calvin Coolidge, serving under Secretary Andrew W. Mellon. In this capacity he served from 1927-32 when he was appointed Secretary of the Treasury by Herbert Hoover following Mellon's resignation to serve as U.S. Ambassador to the Court of St. James. Mills served until 3 March 1933.

Death and Burial

Ogden Livingston Mills died on 11 October 1937 in New York, NY. He is buried at Saint James Episcopal Churchyard in Hyde Park, NY.

Honoree ID: 2869   Created by: MHOH




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