Thomas Alan Goldsborough

Thomas Alan Goldsborough

Thomas Alan Goldsborough (September 16, 1877 - June 16, 1951) was a U.S. jurist and politician.

Goldsborough was born in Greensboro, Maryland. He attended the public schools and the local academy at Greensboro, later graduating from Washington College of Chestertown, Maryland, in 1899. In 1901, he graduated from the law department of the University of Maryland at Baltimore, was admitted to the bar the same year, and commenced practice in Denton, Maryland. He served as prosecuting attorney for Caroline County, Maryland, from 1904 to 1908. He also served as regent of the Smithsonian Institution from 1932-1939.

Goldsborough was elected as a Democrat to the Sixty-seventh and to the nine succeeding Congresses. He served from March 4, 1921, to April 5, 1939, when he resigned, having been appointed an associate justice of the District Court of the United States for the District of Columbia. He served in that position until his death in Washington, DC, and is interred in Denton Cemetery of Denton, Maryland.

Thomas was great-great-great-grandson of Robert Goldsborough and great-grandson of Charles Goldsborough. Goldsboro, Maryland, is named after the family.

Some sources credit him with introducing the phrase pushing on a string—a metaphor for the difficulty experienced by the Federal Reserve in trying to end an economic contraction—in a 1935 hearing.Sandilans, Roger G. (2001), "The New Deal and 'domesticated' Keynesianism in America, in cite book|title=Economist with a Public Purpose: Essays in Honour of John Kenneth Galbraith|author=John Kenneth Galbraith and Michael Keaney|publisher=Routledge|id=ISBN 0415212928|year=2001, [ p. 231] ] cite book|title=A History of Central Banking in Great Britain and the United States|author=John Harold Wood|id=ISBN 0521850134|publisher=Cambridge University Press|year=2006, [ p. 231] ; it cites U. S. Congress House Banking Currency Committee, Hearings, "Hearings, Banking Act of 1935," March 18, 1935, p. 377.]



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