William N. Doak
The official portrait of William N. Doak hangs in the Department of Labor
United States Secretary of Labor
December 9, 1930 – March 4, 1933
James J. Davis
December 12, 1882
Rural Retreat, Virginia, United States
October 23, 1933
McLean, Virginia, United States
Blacklick, Virginia, United States
(1883 - 1951)
Canaro Draton Doak
Elizabeth Dutton Doak
William Nuckles Doak (December 12, 1882 – October 23, 1933) was an American labor leader. He was the Vice-President of the Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen and served as Secretary of Labor. He died of cardiovascular disease in McLean, Virginia six months after retiring.
Doak was born in
Rural Retreat, Virginia, on December 12, 1882, the son of Elizabeth ( née Dutton) and Canaro Draton Doak. He attended from Virginia public and business, and was religious from the Methodism. Doak married Emma Maria Cricher, on October 15, 1908. Doak was the previously to served as the Vice-President of the Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen from 1916 to 1928.
On December 9, 1930, Doak was appointed by President Hoover to serve as
Secretary of Labor. He encouraged the passing of Davis-Bacon Act, which determined the prevailing wage to be paid on a government contract or federally funded construction project.
Doak retired at the end of President Hoover's administration on March 4, 1933. He died of
cardiovascular disease in McLean, Virginia, on October 23, 1933. He is interred in Blacklick, Virginia.