Herbert Henry Lehman

Herbert Henry Lehman

New York, New York County (Manhattan), New York, USA
Death 5 Dec 1963 (aged 85)
New York, New York County (Manhattan), New York, USA
Burial Valhalla, Westchester County, New York, USA
Memorial ID 4019 · View Source
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Governor of New York and US Senator. Herbert Lehman’s family was engaged in the cotton trading business and helped found the New York Cotton Exchange. He attended The Sachs School and graduated from Williams College. He became vice-president and treasurer of a textile company in Brooklyn. In 1908, he became a partner in Lehman Brothers of New York. During World War I, he was a colonel on the U.S. Army general staff. He became active in politics as chairman of the finance committee of the Democratic Party in 1928. He was elected lieutenant governor of New York in 1928 and 1930. He served four terms as Governor of New York, elected in 1932 and re-elected in 1934, 1936 and 1938. In December 1942 he resigned the governorship to accept an appointment in the US Department of State, serving as director-general of the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration from 1943 to 1946. He was the Democratic nominee for US Senator from New York in 1946 but was defeated. In 1949, he ran in a special election to finish he term of the incumbent who had left the office, and won, taking the position in January 1950. He was then elected to a full term later that year, then retired after one term. He remained politically active, working to support the reform Democratic movement in Manhattan. He founded the Lehman Children's Zoo in Central Park. He was the first Jewish governor of New York, and one of the few Jewish senators during his tenure.

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"Citizen and statesman, he has used wisdom and
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made politics the highest form of public service."


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  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Herbert Henry Lehman (28 Mar 1878–5 Dec 1963), Find a Grave Memorial no. 4019, citing Kensico Cemetery, Valhalla, Westchester County, New York, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .