Elizabeth Rudel Smith

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Elizabeth Rudel Smith
31st Treasurer of the United States
In office
January 30, 1961 – April 13, 1962
PresidentJohn F. Kennedy
Preceded byIvy Baker Priest
Succeeded byKathryn E. Granahan
Personal details
Elizabeth Rudel

(1911-04-27)April 27, 1911
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
DiedJanuary 25, 1997(1997-01-25) (aged 85)
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Frederick H. Smith IV (1942, div.)
Albert W. Gatov (1962-1978, his death)
Alma materUniversity of Michigan

Elizabeth Rudel Smith Gatov (April 27, 1911 – January 25, 1997) was a leader of the California Democratic Party who served as Treasurer of the United States, 1961-1962.

Early life[edit]

She was born in Montreal, the daughter of a Canadian-American industrialist who owned the Rudel Machinery Company, attended Smith College and graduated in 1937 from the University of Michigan.

Personal life[edit]

In 1942, she moved to California when she married San Francisco businessman Frederick H. Smith IV, her third husband, whom she later divorced. She married again in 1962, to Savings and Loan executive Albert W. Gatov, who died in 1978.

Mrs. Gatov returned to her Marin home from Washington in 1962 and remained active in Democratic politics for the next 20 years. She was a close friend of the Kennedy family and many other prominent Democrats.


Mrs. Gatov first became active in Democratic politics during the Truman presidential campaign of 1948. After working with the Coro Foundation in San Francisco to train young men and women for careers in politics and government, she chaired the Marin County Democratic Party, and, in 1956, was chosen as Democratic National Committeewoman from California, joining Los Angeles lawyer Paul Ziffren, the National Committeeman, as liaison with the national Democratic Party. She held that Party post until her appointment in the Kennedy Administration, which also followed brief service in Sacramento as Deputy Labor Commissioner for Governor Pat Brown.

Smith's signature, as used on American currency


Preceded by Treasurer of the United States
Succeeded by