William H. Brett

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William Howard Brett
29th Director of the United States Mint
In office
July 1954 – January 1961
PresidentDwight D. Eisenhower
Preceded byNellie Tayloe Ross
Succeeded byEva Adams
Personal details
William Howard Brett

(1893-12-31)December 31, 1893
Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.
DiedApril 10, 1989(1989-04-10) (aged 95)
Palm Desert, California
Military service
Allegiance United States
Branch/service United States Army
Battles/warsFirst World War

William Howard Brett (December 31, 1893 – April 10, 1989) was Director of the United States Mint from 1954 to 1961.


William H. Brett, the son of William Howard Brett,[1] was a native of Cleveland. He served in the United States Army during World War I and was educated at Dartmouth College.[2] After college, he returned to Ohio and went into business.[2]

In 1954, President of the United States Dwight D. Eisenhower nominated Brett to be Director of the United States Mint, and Brett held this post from July 1954 to January 1961.[2] He was a contestant on What's My Line? on November 25, 1956.[3] Brett was also a contestant on the game show "To Tell The Truth" dated August 13, 1957. After retiring from the Mint, Brett served as a financial consultant.[2]

Brett died of pancreatic cancer at his home in Palm Desert, California on April 10, 1989.[2]


Government offices
Preceded by Director of the United States Mint
July 1954 – January 1961
Succeeded by