Edward N. Hurley

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Edward N. Hurley in the 1910s

Edward Nash Hurley (July 31, 1864 – November 14, 1933) was an Irish American businessman and inventor who served as the second chairman of the Federal Trade Commission from July 1, 1916 to January 31, 1917.[1]


Hurley was born in Galesburg, Illinois on July 31, 1864.[2] He finished high school at 17 and went to work for the railroad, ascending from shopman to engineer, and eventually becoming assistant to the president of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen.[2] In 1897 he started producing pneumatic tools together with a couple of brothers and made $125,00 selling the British patent. In 1907 he became president of the National Bank of Wheaton and then founded the Hurley Machine Company, which produced vacuum cleaners and washing and ironing machines. In 1914 he was named to the Federal Trade Commission and in 1915 he became its chairman. Hurley also served on the Red Cross War Council, the War Trade Board, and as chairman of the U.S. Shipping Board.[3]

He helped professor T. G. Masaryk in a question of Czechoslovak legions and a foundation of a Czechoslovak state in 1918.[4]

Hurley's grave at Calvary Cemetery

In 1918 with Professor Robert DeLoach he joined the Vagabonds, a group consisting of John Burroughs, Thomas Edison, Henry Ford and Harvey Firestone who made a camping trip to the Appalachian mountains.[5]

In 1926 he received the Laetare Medal and in 1933 he donated $200,000 to the University of Notre Dame for a new building for the college, which was named Hurley Hall.[6]


He died in Chicago on November 14, 1933.[7] He is buried at Calvary Cemetery in Evanston.[8]


  • Banking and Credit in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, and Peru. U.S. Government Printing Office. 1914.
  • Awakening of Business. Doubleday, Page. 1916.
  • The New Merchant Marine. Century. 1920.
  • The Bridge to France. Philadelphia & London: J. B. Lippincott Company. 1927.


  1. ^ List of Commissioners, Chairwomen, and Chairmen of the Federal Trade Commission: 1915-2018 (as of November 2018).
  2. ^ a b Kerry, Temple. O'Hara Heirs: Business Education at Notre Dame 1921-1991. Notre Dame, Indiana 46556: College of Business Administration. p. 9.{{cite book}}: CS1 maint: location (link)
  3. ^ Kerry, Temple. O'Hara Heirs: Business Education at Notre Dame 1921-1991. Notre Dame, Indiana 46556: College of Business Administration. p. 10.{{cite book}}: CS1 maint: location (link)
  4. ^ PRECLÍK, Vratislav. Masaryk a legie (TGM and legions), váz. kniha, 219 pages, vydalo nakladatelství Paris Karviná, Žižkova 2379 (734 01 Karvina, Czechia) ve spolupráci s Masarykovým demokratickým hnutím (Masaryk democratic movement in Prague), 2019, ISBN 978-80-87173-47-3
  5. ^ "The "Vagabonds" with E. N. Hurley and R. J. DeLoach on a Camping Trip, 1918 - The Henry Ford". www.thehenryford.org. The Henry Ford. Retrieved September 23, 2018.
  6. ^ "Postcard views of Notre Dame". www.irishlegends.com. Archived from the original on October 19, 2002.
  7. ^ "Hurley, Former Shipping Board Chairman, Dies". The Tampa Tribune. Chicago. Associated Press. November 15, 1933. p. 1. Retrieved July 25, 2021 – via Newspapers.com.
  8. ^ Thomas E. Spencer (1998). Where They're Buried: A Directory Containing More Than Twenty Thousand Names of Notable Persons Buried in American Cemeteries, with Listings of Many Prominent People who Were Cremated. Genealogical Publishing Company. p. 64. ISBN 978-0-8063-4823-0.