Treasurer of the United States

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Treasurer of the United States
Marilynn Malerba, U.S. Treasurer.jpg
Marilynn Malerba
since September 12, 2022
United States Department of Treasury
Reports to Secretary of the Treasury
Deputy Secretary of the Treasury
Seat Treasury Building
Washington, D.C.
Appointer President of the United States
Term length No fixed term
FormationMay 14, 1777;246 years ago (1777-05-14)
First holder Michael Hillegas

The Treasurer of the United States is an officer in the United States Department of the Treasury who serves as the custodian and trustee of the federal government's collateral assets and the supervisor of the department's currency and coinage production functions. The current treasurer is Marilynn Malerba, who is the first Native American to hold the office. [1]



By law, the treasurer is the depositary officer of the United States with regard to deposits of gold, special drawing rights, [2] and financial gifts to the Library of Congress. [3] The treasurer also directly oversees the Bureau of Engraving and Printing (BEP) and the United States Mint, which respectively print and mint U.S. currency and coinage. In connection to the influence of federal monetary policy on currency and coinage production, the treasurer liaises on a regular basis with the Federal Reserve. [4]

The duty perhaps most widely associated with the treasurer of the United States is affixing a facsimile signature to all Federal Reserve notes. Federal law requires both the treasurer's signature and the treasury secretary's countersignature for Federal Reserve notes to be considered legal tender. [5]

Moreover, the Treasurer serves as a senior advisor and representative of the Treasury Department on behalf of the secretary in the areas of community development and public engagement. [4]



On July 29, 1775, long before the Department of the Treasury ever existed, the Second Continental Congress established the Treasury Office to manage revolutionary wartime finances. Congress chose George Clymer and Michael Hillegas as joint treasurers of the United Colonies. On August 6, 1776, however, Clymer resigned from his post, thus making Hillegas the sole incumbent. The position received its current name on May 14, 1777, while Hillegas was still in office. [6]

Change in functions over the years

The post of U.S. treasurer predates the United States Constitution. The treasurer was originally charged with the receipt and custody of all government funds independent of the treasury secretary, not unlike today's elected state treasurers. Beginning in 1939, the Office of the Treasurer and its cash management activities were brought under the direction of a broader Fiscal Service, one that also coordinated governmentwide accounting and debt management. Later in 1974, the cash management function in its entirety was transferred from the treasurer to what is now known as the Bureau of the Fiscal Service as a cost-saving measure. [7] Responsibility for oversight of the Bureau of Engraving and Printing (BEP) and the United States Mint was later assigned to the treasurer in 1981. [8] [6] In 1994, the treasurer was also named National Honorary Director of the U.S. Savings Bonds Campaign and therefore assigned the task of promoting - as opposed to managing - the program. [9]

More recently, the requirement of the United States Senate confirmation for the appointment was dropped in August 2012. [10]

Since the resignation of Elizabeth Rudel Smith in 1962, the length of time the office has been vacant totals more than 4,700 days, nearly thirteen years, while in the 180+ years prior to that, such time totaled less than a year.

Female officeholders

Georgia Neese Clark Gray became treasurer on June 21, 1949, making her the first woman to hold the office. [11] Since then, every subsequent treasurer has been a woman, [11] and several of those women have also been Hispanic, starting with Romana Acosta Bañuelos in 1971. [12]

List of treasurers

No.NameTerm of office President(s) served under
1 Michael Hillegas (Engraved Portrait).jpg
Michael Hillegas signature.png
Michael Hillegas
July 29, 1775 –
September 11, 1789 (14 years, 44 days)
George Washington
(also served under Confederation Congress)
Hillegas served jointly with George Clymer until August 6, 1776.
The title of the office was "Treasurer of the United Colonies" until May 14, 1777. [6]
2 Samuel Meredith September 11, 1789 –
December 1, 1801 (12 years, 81 days)
George Washington
John Adams
Thomas Jefferson
3 Thomas Tudor Tucker (1745-1828).jpg
Thomas T. Tucker
December 1, 1801 –
May 2, 1828 (26 years, 153 days)
(served the longest term)
Thomas Jefferson
James Madison
James Monroe
John Quincy Adams
33 days vacant
4 WilliamClarkPA.jpg
William Clark
June 4, 1828 –
May 26, 1829 (356 days)
John Quincy Adams
Andrew Jackson
5 John Campbell May 26, 1829 –
July 20, 1839 (10 years, 55 days)
Andrew Jackson
Martin Van Buren
2 days vacant
6 William Selden July 22, 1839 –
November 23, 1850 (11 years, 124 days)
(served under the most presidents)
Martin Van Buren
William Henry Harrison
John Tyler
James K. Polk
Zachary Taylor
Millard Fillmore
4 days vacant
7 Colonel John Sloane.jpg
John Sloane
November 27, 1850 –
April 1, 1853
(2 years, 125 days)
Millard Fillmore
Franklin Pierce
3 days vacant
8 Samuel L. Casey April 4, 1853 –
December 22, 1859 (6 years, 262 days)
Franklin Pierce
James Buchanan
68 days vacant
9 William C Price.jpg
William C. Price
February 28, 1860 –
March 21, 1861 (1 year, 21 days)
James Buchanan
Abraham Lincoln
10 Francis Elias Spinner.jpg
Francis E. Spinner signature.png
Francis E. Spinner
March 16, 1861 –
July 30, 1875 (14 years, 136 days)
Abraham Lincoln
Andrew Johnson
Ulysses S. Grant
11 JohnChalfantNew.jpg
John Chalfant New (Engraved Signature).jpg
John C. New
June 30, 1875 –
July 1, 1876
(1 year, 1 day)
Ulysses S. Grant
12 A U Wyman.jpg
Albert Uriah Wyman (Engraved Signature).jpg
A. U. Wyman
July 1, 1876 –
June 30, 1877 (364 days)
Ulysses S. Grant
Rutherford B. Hayes
13 James Gilfillan, treasurer U.S. LCCN94515317.jpg
James Gilfillan (Engraved Signature).jpg
James Gilfillan
July 1, 1877 –
March 31, 1883 (5 years, 273 days)
Rutherford B. Hayes
James A. Garfield
Chester A. Arthur
14 A U Wyman.jpg
Albert Uriah Wyman (Engraved Signature).jpg
A. U. Wyman
April 1, 1883 –
April 30, 1885 (2 years, 29 days)
Chester A. Arthur
Grover Cleveland
15 Conrad N. Jordan (Engraved Signature).jpg
Conrad N. Jordan
May 1, 1885 –
March 23, 1887 (1 year, 326 days)
Grover Cleveland
62 days vacant
16 James W. Hyatt.jpg
James W. Hyatt (Engraved Signature).jpg
James W. Hyatt
May 24, 1887 –
May 10, 1889 (1 year, 351 days)
Grover Cleveland
Benjamin Harrison
17 James N Huston.jpg
James N. Huston (Engraved Signature).jpg
James N. Huston
May 11, 1889 –
April 24, 1891 (1 year, 348 days)
Benjamin Harrison
18 Enos Hook Nebeker.jpg
Enos H. Nebeker (Engraved Signature).jpg
Enos H. Nebeker
April 25, 1891 –
May 31, 1893 (2 years, 36 days)
Benjamin Harrison
Grover Cleveland
19 Daniel N. Morgan - NARA - 516592 (56-P-13)-retouched.jpg
Daniel Nash Morgan (Engraved Signature).jpg
Daniel N. Morgan
June 1, 1893 –
June 30, 1897 (4 years, 29 days)
Grover Cleveland
William McKinley
20 Ellis Henry Roberts.jpg
Ellis Henry Roberts (Engraved Signature).jpg
Ellis H. Roberts
July 1, 1897 –
June 30, 1905 (7 years, 364 days)
William McKinley
Theodore Roosevelt
21 Charles Henry Treat (Engraved Signature).jpg
Charles H. Treat
July 1, 1905 –
October 30, 1909 (4 years, 121 days)
Theodore Roosevelt
William Howard Taft
22 Lee McClung cph.3b13208.jpg
Thomas Lee McClung (Engraved Signature).jpg
Lee McClung
November 1, 1909 –
November 21, 1912 (3 years, 20 days)
William Howard Taft
23 Carmi Thompson.png
Carmi Alderman Thompson (Engraved Signature).jpg
Carmi A. Thompson
November 22, 1912 –
March 31, 1913 (129 days)
(served the shortest term)
William Howard Taft
Woodrow Wilson
24 JohnBurke1908.png
John Burke (Engraved Signature).jpg
John Burke
April 1, 1913 –
January 5, 1921 (7 years, 279 days)
Woodrow Wilson
117 days vacant
25 Frank White, governor of North Dakota.gif
Frank White (Engraved Signature).jpg
Frank White
May 2, 1921 –
May 1, 1928
(6 years, 365 days)
Warren G. Harding
Calvin Coolidge
30 days vacant
26 H. Theodore Tate LOC npcc.05644.jpg
Harold Theodore Tate
May 31, 1928 –
January 17, 1929 (231 days)
Calvin Coolidge
27 Walter Orr Woods (Engraved Signature).jpg
W. O. Woods
January 18, 1929 –
May 31, 1933 (4 years, 133 days)
Calvin Coolidge
Herbert Hoover
Franklin Delano Roosevelt
28 William Alexander Julian - April 18, 1938.jpg
Julian, William Alexander (engraved signature).jpg
William Alexander Julian
June 1, 1933 –
May 29, 1949 (15 years, 362 days)
Franklin D. Roosevelt
Harry S. Truman
23 days vacant
29 Georgia Neese Clark cph.3f05813.jpg
Clark, Georgia Neese (engraved signature).jpg
Georgia Neese Clark
June 21, 1949 –
January 27, 1953 (3 years, 220 days)
Harry S. Truman
Dwight D. Eisenhower
30 Ivy Baker Priest, 1971.jpg
Priest, Ivy Baker (engraved signature).jpg
Ivy Baker Priest
January 28, 1953 –
January 29, 1961 (8 years, 1 day)
Dwight D. Eisenhower
John F. Kennedy
31 Smith, Elizabeth Rudell (engraved signature).jpg
Elizabeth Rudel Smith
January 30, 1961 –
April 13, 1962 (1 year, 73 days)
John F. Kennedy
265 days vacant
32 Kathryn Granahan.jpg
Granahan, Kathryn O'Hay (engraved signature).jpg
Kathryn O'Hay Granahan
January 3, 1963 –
November 22, 1966 (3 years, 323 days)
John F. Kennedy
Lyndon B. Johnson
898 days vacant
33 Dorothy Andrews Elston [13] May 8, 1969 –
July 3, 1971
(2 years, 56 days)
Richard Nixon
167 days vacant
34 Banuelos.jpg
Romana Acosta Banuelos sig.jpg
Romana Acosta Bañuelos
December 17, 1971 –
February 14, 1974 (2 years, 59 days)
Richard Nixon
127 days vacant
Francine I Neff sig.jpg
Francine Irving Neff
June 21, 1974 –
January 19, 1977 (2 years, 212 days)
Richard Nixon
Gerald Ford
236 days vacant
36 Azie Taylor Morton.jpg
Azie Taylor Morton sig.jpg
Azie Taylor Morton
September 12, 1977 –
January 20, 1981 (3 years, 130 days)
Jimmy Carter
56 days vacant
37 Angela M Buchanan sig.jpg
Angela Marie Buchanan
March 17, 1981 –
July 5, 1983
(2 years, 110 days)
Ronald Reagan
79 days vacant
38 ETH-BIB-Katherine Davalos Ortega, amerikanische Schatzmeisterin-Com LC1501-00D-006-001.tif
Katherine Davalos Ortega sig.jpg
Katherine D. Ortega
September 22, 1983 –
July 1, 1989
(5 years, 282 days)
Ronald Reagan
George H. W. Bush
163 days vacant
Catalina V Villalpando sig.jpg
Catalina Vasquez Villalpando
December 11, 1989 –
January 20, 1993 (3 years, 40 days)
George H. W. Bush
405 days vacant
40 Mary Ellen Withrow.jpg
Mary Ellen Withrow sig.jpg
Mary Ellen Withrow
March 1, 1994 –
January 20, 2001 (6 years, 325 days)
Bill Clinton
208 days vacant
41 Rosario marin.jpg
Rosario Marin sig.jpg
Rosario Marin
August 16, 2001 –
June 30, 2003 (1 year, 318 days)
George W. Bush
569 days vacant
42 Anna Escobedo Cabral, official Treasury photo.jpg
Anna Escobedo Cabral sig.jpg
Anna Escobedo Cabral
January 19, 2005 –
January 20, 2009 (4 years, 1 day)
George W. Bush
198 days vacant
43 Hi-res-rosa-rios.jpg
Rosa Gumataotao Rio Signature.jpg
Rosa Gumataotao Rios
August 6, 2009 –
July 11, 2016
(6 years, 340 days)
Barack Obama
343 days vacant
44 Jovita Carranza official photo (cropped).jpg
Jovita Carranza
June 19, 2017 – January 14, 2020
(2 years, 209 days)
Donald Trump
972 days vacant
45 Marilynn Malerba, U.S. Treasurer (cropped).jpg
Marilynn Malerba
September 12, 2022 – present
(361 days)
Joe Biden

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