The Legacy of Horace Albright

President Warren G. Harding, Secretary of the Interior Hubert Work, and Director Stephen Mather of the National Park Service with Superintendent Horace Albright at Grand Canyon, Yellowstone Park , July 2, 1923.

Horace Albright helped found and served as the first assistant director of the National Park Service when it was established in 1916. He served as acting director from 1917 to 1919 while director Stephen Mather was absent with a severe illness. From 191 to 1929, Albright was superintendent of Yellowstone National Park (Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming). He became the second director of the National Park Service in 1929 and served until 1933 accomplishing the goals of expanding national park areas throughout the states east of the Mississippi River and introducing historic preservation into the National Park Service.

In April 1933, President Franklin Roosevelt agreed to Albright's request for the transfer to the Park Service of national monuments from the Agriculture Department and military parks from the War Department. He also was influential in the creation of Zion National Park (Utah) and the creation and expansion of Grand Teton National Park (Wyoming). Having accomplished his major goals, Albright resigned from the National Park Service in 1933 to become vice-president, and later president, of the United States Potash Company.