Lehman, Herbert H. (Herbert Henry), 1878-1963

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Birth 1878-03-28
Death 1963-12-05
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Herbert H. Lehman, American politician. He served as Governor of the State of New York from 1933 to 1942, and represented New York in the United States Senate from 1950 to 1957.

From the description of Herbert H. Lehman manuscript material : 3 items, 1934-1935 (New York Public Library). WorldCat record id: 708247459

Lehman was Lieutenant Governor of New York, 1928-1932; Governor of New York, 1933-1942; Director General of the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration (UNRRA), 1943-1946; Senator of New York, 1949-1956; and partner in Lehman Brothers, 1908-1928.

From the description of Herbert H. Lehman papers, 1858-1963. (Columbia University In the City of New York). WorldCat record id: 298686804

Governor of New York and banker.

From the description of Letter of Herbert H. Lehman, 1939. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 71014921

BIOGHIST REQUIRED Lehman was Lieutenant Governor of New York, 1928-1932; Governor of New York, 1933-1942; Director General of the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration (UNRRA), 1943-1946; Senator of New York, 1949-1956; and partner in Lehman Brothers, 1908-1928.

From the guide to the Herbert H. Lehman Papers, 1858-1963, (Columbia University. Herbert H. Lehman Suite and Papers, )

Governor, senator.

From the description of Reminiscences of Herbert Henry Lehman : oral history, 1961. (Columbia University In the City of New York). WorldCat record id: 122527760

From the description of Reminiscences of Herbert Henry Lehman : speech, 1949. (Columbia University In the City of New York). WorldCat record id: 122586954

BIOGHIST REQUIRED Edith Louise Altschul was born in San Francisco on August 8, 1889 to Charles and Camilla Altschul. Charles, a successful banker with Lazard Freres, moved the family to New York City in 1901. Edith attended Dr. Sach's Girls School and Miss Jacoby's School (now the Calhoun School) and took a nursing course after graduation. She met Herbert H. Lehman, a partner in the Lehman Brothers investment firm, at a picnic. They were married on April 28, 1910 and would have three children, Peter, John, and Hilda.

BIOGHIST REQUIRED Edith considered her marriage her career and the most important aspect of her life, but she was also deeply involved in social welfare and philanthropy. She organized a social service committee to care for the family needs of hospitalized patients. This endeavor led to the creation of Mount Sinai Hospital's first professional social service department, and she remained closely associated with the hospital for many years thereafter.

BIOGHIST REQUIRED Lehman was also involved with the Henry Street Settlement, which provided health care and other assistance to new immigrants and the poor living in the Lower East Side of New York City. In 1948 the Lehman's built Pete's House, a youth center at Henry Street Settlement dedicated to the memory of their son Peter, who was killed in World War II. Peter had volunteered as a youth leader at the Settlement.

BIOGHIST REQUIRED In 1917, Edith Lehman became a charter member of the Play Schools Association, which promoted play as vital to the mental and physical health of children. The organization partnered with schools, hospitals, and other institutions to provide opportunities for creative play. Lehman would work with the organization for over fifty years, serving as president and as Chairman of the Board from 1966 until her death in 1976.

BIOGHIST REQUIRED Edith Lehman was also involved in the Jewish communities of New York and a member of the American Jewish Committee and the Federation of Jewish Philanthropies, among other organizations. She was a supporter of Israel, and first visited the country in 1949 with her husband. The Edith Lehman High School in Dimona, Israel, was dedicated to her.

BIOGHIST REQUIRED In 1961, the Lehman's built the Lehman Children's Zoo (now the Tisch Zoo) in New York City's Central Park in honor of their 50th wedding anniversary. Although the zoo was renovated in 1997, the bronze Lehman Gates still stand at the entrance.

BIOGHIST REQUIRED After her husband's death in 1963, Edith Lehman established several major endowments and institutions in his honor, including contributions to Mount Sinai Hospital Medical School and the establishment of the Lehman Professorship in Pediatrics at that institution; the Lehman Educational Fund, which offers scholarships for African American college students; and the Lehman School of Ethics at the Jewish Theological Seminary. She also supported Williams College, Herbert Lehman's alma mater, and financed and endowed the Lehman Suite at Columbia University's School of International and Political Affairs.

BIOGHIST REQUIRED In recognition for her dedication to social causes, Edith Lehman was awarded honorary doctor of humane letters degrees from Williams College and Mount Sinai School of Medicine, as well as a doctor of laws from Columbia University.

BIOGHIST REQUIRED Edith Altschul Lehman died on March 8, 1976, in New York City.

From the guide to the Edith Altschul Lehman Papers, 1856-1976 [, Bulk Dates: 1963-1976]., (Columbia University. Rare Book and Manuscript Library)

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