Wendell B. Barnes
|2nd Administrator of the Small Business Administration|
February 9, 1954 – November 21, 1959
|President||Dwight D. Eisenhower|
|Preceded by||William D. Mitchell|
|Succeeded by||Philip McCallum|
|Member of the Oklahoma House of Representatives|
|Born||August 23, 1909|
Ponca City, Oklahoma, U.S.
|Died||June 11, 1985 (aged 75)|
Walnut Creek, California, U.S.
Wendell B. Barnes (August 23, 1909 – June 11, 1985) was an American politician. Born in Ponca City, Oklahoma, Barnes graduated from Brown University in 1928 and from the University of Michigan Law School in 1935. [a]
Career in law
Barnes practiced law in a private practice (Gavin & Barnes) in Tulsa, Oklahoma from 1939-1941, when he became general counsel for the Tulsa plant of Douglas Aircraft Co. from 1941-1946. Barnes worked on formulating legislation as assistant attorney for the Oklahoma Tax Commission in 1935-1939. He became a partner in going into general practice in 1939. Barnes served in the Oklahoma House of Representatives from 1950 to 1952 and as Administrator of the Small Business Administration from 1954 to 1959.
Career in business
Barnes resigned from the SBA in November, 1959, and soon joined Shearson, Hammill & Co., a national brokerage and underwriting firm, as a special consultant and later as a general partner. In 1964, he joined the Western Wood Products Association in Portland, Oregon as Executive Vice President. He remained there until 1972. After that, he worked as an executive recruiter, a San Francisco real estate developer, and as a director for several corporations.
- The biography included as part of Barnes' hearing before the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking and Currency indicates that he also graduated from Culver Military Institute (Culver, Indiana) before attending Brown University.
- U. S. Senate Committee on Banking and Currency. "Nomination of Wendell B. Barnes." 02-05-1954. Available on Google Books. Accessed 02-23-2020.
- "WENDELL B. BARNES, 75, DIES - HEADED SMALL-BUSINESS UNIT". NYTimes.com. 1985-06-17. Retrieved 2017-06-11. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
- "Wendell B. Barnes, One of First SBA Administrators, Dies at 75". Articles.latimes.com. 1985-06-20. Retrieved 2017-06-11. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)