Pujo Committee

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PUJO COMMITTEE. In 1912 the House Committee on Banking and Currency launched an investigation into allegations that national financial and banking power had been concentrated in the hands of a few individuals, "a money trust." A subcommittee headed by Rep. Arsène Pujo of Louisiana conducted hearings at which J. P. Morgan, George F. Baker, and other financiers testified. After completing its investigation, the committee issued a majority report declaring that existing banking and credit practices resulted in a "vast and growing concentration of control of money and credit in the hands of a comparatively few men." This disclosure led eventually to the passage of the Federal Reserve Act (1913) and the Clayton Antitrust Act (1914).


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See alsoCodes of Fair Competition ; Interests ; Laissez-Faire ; Munn v. Illinois ; Open-Market Operations .