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Painting of President Woodrow Wilson signing the Federal Reserve Act of 1913

Federal Reserve Act Signed

President Wilson signed the Act in December 1913, culminating three years of debate

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Woodrow Wilson

Woodrow Wilson

Less than a year into his presidency, Wilson helped navigate the Federal Reserve Act through Congress to its passage in 1913.

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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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