Structure Type: built works - dwellings - houses

Designers: Winslow, Carleton Monroe, Sr., Architect (firm); Carleton Monroe Winslow Sr. (architect)

Dates: constructed 1924-1925

Santa Barbara, CA

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McAdoo House located in the Las Alturas Tract.

Winslow designed this house for William Gibbs McAdoo, Jr., (10/31/1863-02/01/1941), who was born in Marietta, GA, and attended the University of Tennessee, where his father was a professor. McAdoo became an attorney practicing in Chattanooga, TN, an investments trader, and later President of the Hudson and Manhattan Railroad Company which built two passenger rail tunnels from New Jersey to Manhattan in 1908. (These same tunnels continue to be used by PATH trains today.) Soon after this success, McAdoo became associated with influential Democratic leaders, and, through his high-level connections, received the position of Vice-Chairman of the Democratic National Committee in 1912. As an important political insider, he was rewarded with the Secretary of the Treasury position under Woodrow Wilson, serving from 03/06/1913-12/15/1918. Subsequently, he ran unsuccessfully for the U.S. Presidency in 1920 (against Governor James Cox of Ohio) and 1924 (to former West Virginia Representative and Ambassador John W. Davis). Following his 1924 loss to Davis, he moved to CA, retiring temporarily from public life. At age 70, he ran for the U.S. Senate from CA, serving one term from 1933-1939. McAdoo was married three times, and divorced his second wife in 1934 just as he was making the transition from CA to life in Washington, DC. (SeeAccessed 09/29/2009)

PCAD id: 6954