Moses, Robert, 1888-1981

Birth 1888-12-18
Death 1981-07-29

Biographical notes:

Robert Moses (1888-1981) was a public official in New York from 1919 to the mid-1970s. He held many offices, of which the most notable among them were: President, Long Island State Park Commission; Chairman, New York State Council of Parks; Commissioner, New York City Department of Parks; New York City Planning Commissioner and Construction Coordinator; and Chairman, New York State Power and Triborough Bridge and Tunnel Authorities. He was responsible for the construction of many major public projects in the state and city of New York, including the Triborough Bridge, Queens Midtown Tunnel, Bronx-Whitestone Bridge, Henry Hudson Bridge, Brooklyn Battery Tunnel, Throg's Neck Bridge, and Verrazano Narrows Bridge, as well as Jones Beach State Park, Robert Moses State Park, and Robert Moses Power Plant and Power Dam on the Saint Lawrence and Niagara Rivers. Moses also was responsible for the construction of much public housing in New York City.

From the description of Robert Moses papers, 1912-1980. (New York Public Library). WorldCat record id: 122580660

From the guide to the Robert Moses papers, 1912-1980, (The New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division.)

Robert Moses (1888-1981): public official; Parks Commissioner of New York City, 1934-1960; Pres., N.Y. World's Fair 1964-1965; special adviser to N.Y. Governor on housing, 1974-1975; named New Yorker of Year, N.Y. Daily News, 1956; numerous subsequent awards, medals and honors for accomplishment in public service.

From the description of Robert Moses papers, 1934-1970 (inclusive), 1952-1970 (bulk). (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 702166227

From the guide to the Robert Moses papers, 1934-1970, (Manuscripts and Archives)

Government official.

From the description of Reminiscences of Robert Moses : television program, 1959. (Columbia University In the City of New York). WorldCat record id: 309741708

State and municipal official.

Robert Moses served as the New York Secretary of State, 1927-28; chairman of the State Council of Parks (beginning in 1924) and the Metropolitan Conference on Parks, 1926-30. He ran for governor of New York in 1934 on the Republican ticket, and in that year was appointed New York City Commissioner of Parks.

From the description of Robert Moses speeches and interviews, 1945-1958. (Cornell University Library). WorldCat record id: 74898892


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  • Urban Renewal
  • Bridges--New York (State)--New York
  • Parks--New York (State)--New York
  • Municipal government
  • Electric power
  • Express highways--New York (State)
  • Public housing--New York (State)--New York
  • Electric power--United States
  • Local government
  • Depressions--1929
  • City planning--New York (N.Y.)
  • Depressions--1929--United States
  • Parks--New York (State)
  • Bridges
  • Roads--Location
  • Express highways
  • Water resources development
  • Water resources development--New York (State)
  • Exhibitions
  • Urban renewal--New York (State)--New York
  • Exhibitions--New York (State)--New York
  • Municipal officials and employees--Interviews
  • Bank failures--Law and legislation
  • Parks
  • City planning
  • Public housing


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  • Islip, NY, US