brain trust

a group of experts from various fields who serve as unofficial consultants on matters of policy and strategy.
[1905-10, Amer.]

* * *

Group of advisers to Franklin Roosevelt in his 1932 presidential campaign.

Its principal members were the Columbia University professors Raymond Moley, Rexford Tugwell, and Adolf A. Berle, Jr. (1895–1971). They presented Roosevelt with analyses of national social and economic problems and helped him devise public-policy solutions. The group did not meet after Roosevelt became president, but members served in government posts. See also New Deal.

* * *

▪ United States history
also called  Brains Trust,  
 in U.S. history, group of advisers to Franklin D. Roosevelt (Roosevelt, Franklin D.) during his first campaign for the presidency (1932). The term was coined by journalist John F. Kieran and gained national currency at once. Raymond Moley, Rexford G. Tugwell, and Adolph A. Berle, Jr., all professors at Columbia University, were the three principal members, although others served with them from time to time. Under the chairmanship of Moley, the Brain Trust presented Roosevelt with its thinking on economic and social problems facing the nation and helped him weigh the alternatives of public policy that would be open to the new president. It contributed suggestions and drafts for campaign speeches, all of which underwent considerable revision by Roosevelt.

* * *


Universalium. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • brain-trust — [ brɛntrɶst ] n. m. • 1933; angl. amér. brain trust « trust du cerveau », nom donné à l équipe d intellectuels et de professeurs dont s entoura F. Roosevelt ♦ Anglic. Petite équipe d experts, de techniciens, etc., qui assiste une direction. Des… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Brain-Trust — Brain|trust, Brain Trust [ breɪntrʌst], der; s, s [engl. amerik. brain trust, aus: brain = Gehirn u. ↑ Trust]: beratender Ausschuss (bes. in Wirtschaft u. Politik); Expertengruppe. * * * Brain|trust [ breɪntrʌst], (auch:) Brain Trust, der; [s], s …   Universal-Lexikon

  • brain trust — occasionally used since early 1900s, it became current in 1933, in reference to the intellectuals gathered by U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt as advisors; from BRAIN (Cf. brain) (n.) + TRUST (Cf. trust) (n.) …   Etymology dictionary

  • brain trust — loc.s.m.inv. ES ingl. {{wmetafile0}} gruppo di consulenti altamente qualificati in un settore specifico | gruppo di scienziati o tecnici che lavorano a un progetto comune Sinonimi: trust di cervelli. {{line}} {{/line}} DATA: 1935. ETIMO: comp. di …   Dizionario italiano

  • brain-trust — /breinˈtrast, ingl. ˈbreɪnˌtrʌst/ [vc. ingl. d America «trust di cervelli (brain)»] loc. sost. m. inv. trust di cervelli, gruppo di esperti, équipe (fr.) …   Sinonimi e Contrari. Terza edizione

  • brain trust — (izg. brȇjn trȁst) m DEFINICIJA sociol. najkompetentniji stručnjaci oko nekog pitanja, problema ili zadatka, trust mozgova ETIMOLOGIJA engl …   Hrvatski jezični portal

  • brain trust — brain ,trust noun count AMERICAN a group of experts who advise an organization or government …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • brain trust — brain′ trust n. a group of experts who act as unofficial consultants on matters of policy and strategy • Etymology: 1905–10, amer …   From formal English to slang

  • brain trust — ☆ brain trust n. a group of experts unofficially acting as administrative advisers …   English World dictionary

  • Brain Trust — The term brains trust (originally plural, the s was later dropped) was first coined in 1901 and used in a sarcastic sense in reference to the first American general staff of the U.S. President. In 1932, New York Times writer James M. Kiernan… …   Wikipedia

  • Brain Trust — Le Brain Trust, ou Brains Trust, est le nom donné au groupe d économistes, d universitaires qui conseillait le Président américain Franklin D. Roosevelt pendant le New Deal, dans les années 1930. Ces hommes jouèrent un rôle important dans les… …   Wikipédia en Français

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.