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Explore the Federal Reserve's History

American soldiers returning from World War I parade through the streets of Minneapolis.

Fed's Role During WWI

World War I was the first test of the nation's new central bank

Understand key economic events that impacted U.S. History.

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Charles S. Hamlin

Charles S. Hamlin

Hamlin was the first leader of the Federal Reserve Board, serving during the onset of World War I.

Learn about the people who helped shape the Federal Reserve.


The Fed's Functions

Federal Reserve Building

Did you know that the Fed's responsibilities include conducting monetary policy, supervising and regulating and providing services to financial institutions?

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Essays By Topic

Below are the essays by topic on the Federal Reserve History website.

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