Mary Margaret O'Reilly (1865–1949) was the Assistant Director of the
United States Bureau of the Mint. One of the highest-ranking female
civil servants of her time, the "sweetheart of the Treasury" often
served as the Mint's acting director in the absence of the director from
1916 until 1924, when she was formally made assistant director. O'Reilly
lived her early life in Massachusetts. She left school around age 14 to
help support her widowed mother and her siblings, and worked in
Worcester for twenty years as a clerk. In 1904, O'Reilly succeeded in
gaining a position at the Mint Bureau. Her rapid rise in the hierarchy
was unusual for a woman at that time, and with many of the directors
under whom she served having little knowledge of or interest in the
bureau's operations, the task of running the Mint often fell to her.
Beginning in 1933, O'Reilly served under her first female director,
Nellie Tayloe Ross, and soon forged a strong bond with her. O'Reilly was
so indispensable to the bureau's operations that President Franklin
Delano Roosevelt postponed her retirement, scheduled for 1935, to 1938.
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