Edward H. Foley, 76, a Washington lawyer who was under secretary of the Treasury in the Truman administration and a Democratic Party fund-raiser, died of congestive heart failure Tuesday at his home in Washington.
Like many of his generation, Mr. Foley came to Washington in the Great Depression. He stayed in government throughout the New Deal, World War II and the postwar years. He then established a private law practice. He remained active in Democratic Party affairs throughout his life and was the general chairman of the Kennedy-Johnson Inaugural Committee in 1961.
Mr. Foley, who was born in Syracuse, N.Y., earned bachelor's and law degrees at Fordham University. He moved to Washington in 1932 and joined the Reconstruction Finance Corp. A year later, he joined the Public Works Administration, where he became general counsel. In 1937, he moved to the Treasury Department, where he also became general counsel.
During World War II, Mr. Foley was a colonel in the Army. He served with the Allied Control Commission in Italy and helped reorganize Italian finances. His decorations included the Legion of Merit and the Bronze Star. In 1975, he was made a Grand Officer of the Italian Order of Merit.
In 1946, he returned to Treasury as assistant secretary. In 1948, President Truman promoted him to under secretary, a post he held until the end of the Truman administration in 1953.
Mr. Foley then joined the law firm of Foley & Lynch, where he specialized in tax matters. In 1962, he became a partner in Corcoran, Foley, Youngman & Rowe. He went into semiretirement in 1974.
As a fund-raiser for the Democratic Party, Mr. Foley organized the 750 Club, which raised the money to retire the party's debt from the 1956 presidential campaign. He also held numerous other party posts.
He was a former governor and treasurer of the American Red Cross, a member of the Federal City Council, a trustee of the Georgia Warm Springs Foundation and the John F. Kennedy Library and a director of the Franklin D. Roosevelt Foundation. He was the general chairman of the Community Chest drive in 1947.
Mr. Foley was a member of the Alfalfa, Metropolitan, Chevy Chase and Federal City clubs, the Brook Club in New York, and the Clambake, Newport Country and Reading Room clubs and the Spouting Rock Beach Association in Newport, R.I.
Survivors include his wife, Emily Ligon Foley of Washington; three stepdaughters, Mrs. Russell E. Train of Washington, Mrs. Josiah A. Spaulding of Manchester, Mass., and Mrs. Albert L. Key of Locust Valley, N.Y.; a sister, Mrs. John W. Foley Jr., of St. Petersburg, Fla.; 10 grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren.