John Jakob Raskob (1879–1950)

Business executive, political activist

Raskob began his career as a personal secretary to Pierre du Pont. His financial wizadry enabled him to rise high in the corporate ranks of the Du Pont Company as well as General Motors. In politics, he was chairman of the Democratic National Committee in 1928, but turned against the New Deal and co-founded the Liberty League (joined by Al Smith, whose campaign he had supported). He also played an instrumental role in the construction of the Empire State Building.




N. Bascomb, Higher: A Historic Race to the Sky and the Making of a City

M. Kingwell, Nearest Thing to Heaven: The Empire State Building and American Dreams 

W. Pelfrey, Billy, Alfred, and General Motors: The Story of Two Unique Men, A Legendary Company, and a Remarkable Time in American History