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The Unlikely Reformer: Carter Glass and Financial Regulation

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Book Talk & Signing with Author Matthew P. Fink

Reception to Follow

Free for Members and Media

$10 General Admission

Matthew Fink will speak about his new book, The Unlikely Reformer: Carter Glass and Financial Regulation, at the Lynchburg Museum on Wednesday, May 22, at 5:00 p.m. The book was recently published by George Mason University Press.

Carter Glass, Sr., (1858–1946) is known as the “Father of the Federal Reserve System.” He served as a Congressman, Secretary of the Treasury and Senator for 43 years during the first half of the 20th century. He authored some of the most important financial legislation in American history: the Federal Reserve Act of 1913, the Glass-Steagall Act of 1933 and provisions of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, creating the Securities and Exchange Commission. The Unlikely Reformer is the first book that explores Glass’s record in detail.

Glass was born and raised in Lynchburg, Virginia. His home on Clay Street is the city’s only National Historic Landmark. His Campbell County farmhouse, Montview, is now on the campus of Liberty University and served as Rev. Dr. Jerry Falwell, Sr.’s, executive offices. Glass is interred at Spring Hill Cemetery in Lynchburg.

About the Author

Matthew P. Fink was employed by the Investment Company Institute, the national mutual fund association, from 1971 to 2004, and served as the Institute’s president from 1991 to 2004. He is the author of The Rise of Mutual Funds: An Insider’s View, published by Oxford University Press (2nd ed., 2011).

Mr. Fink has authored numerous articles on mutual funds and other financial matters, and lectures at law schools, business schools, and other institutions. He is an honors graduate of Brown University and Harvard Law School, and he attended the London School of Economics.

About the Lynchburg Museum System

The Lynchburg Museum System manages the official museums and archives of the City of Lynchburg. Its mission is to collect, interpret, and preserve the history and material culture of Lynchburg and the surrounding area. It is a division of the Department of Economic Development and Tourism, working in partnership with the non-profit Lynchburg Museum Foundation.

The Museum System is responsible for operating the Old Court House atop Monument Terrace and Point of Honor, the historic mansion in Daniel’s Hill. The museums care for over 40,000 artifacts and share the diverse stories of three centuries of local history with residents, tourists, and students of all ages.

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