Flanders, Ralph E. (Ralph Edward), 1880-1970

Alternative names
Dates:
Birth 1880-09-28
Death 1970-02-19
English

Biographical notes:

United States Senator.

From the description of Reminiscences of Ralph Edward Flanders : oral history, 1967. (Columbia University In the City of New York). WorldCat record id: 122451699

Ralph E. Flanders was an American engineer, businessman, and legislator. He represented the people of Vermont in the United States Senate for twelve years.

  • 1880: Born in Barnet, Vermont
  • 1896: Graduated from high school Central Falls, Rhode Island
  • 1897: Apprenticeship at Brown and Sharpe Manufacturing Company, Providence, Rhode Island
  • 1900: Becomes journeyman machinist and then draftsman
  • 1901 - 1902 : Professional experience in mechanical engineering at Taft-Pierce Manufacturing Company, Woonsocket, Rhode Island and Flather Manufacturing Company
  • 1903: Engineer, International Paper Box Company, Nashua, New Hampshire
  • 1904: Engineer, General Electric Company, Lynn, Massachusetts
  • 1905 - 1910 : Associate editor of Machinery
  • 1910: Sales Engineer, Fellows Gear Shaper Company, Springfield, Vermont
  • 1911: Manager, Fay automatic lathe department of Jones & Lamson Machine Company, Springfield, Vermont
  • 1912: Director, Jones and Lamson Machine Company
  • 1920 - 1924 : Member, National Screw Thread Commission
  • 1924: President, National Machine Tool Builders Association
  • 1932 - 1936 : Director, Social Science Research Council
  • 1933 - 1946 : President, Jones and Lamson Machine Company
  • 1933: Member, Business Advisory and Planning Council
  • 1933: Member, Industrial Advisory Board, National Recovery Administration
  • 1933 - 1946 : President, Bryant Chucking Grinder Company
  • 1934: President, American Society of Mechanical Engineers
  • 1934: Awarded Warner Medal for understanding of economic problems
  • 1938 - 1941 : Director, Shawmut National Bank, Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1938 - 1946 : Director, National Life Insurance Company
  • 1941: Member, Machine Tools Priority Committee, Office of Production Management
  • 1941 - 1942 : President, New England Council
  • 1942 - 1943 : Member, Economic Stabilization Board
  • 1943 - 1944 : Chairman, Machine Tools Committee, War Production Board
  • 1944 - 1946 : President, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1944: Awarded Hoover Medal for Outstanding Public Service
  • 1946: President, American Research and Development Corporation
  • 1946 - 1958 : Member, United States Senate
  • 1958: Private citizen, Springfield, Vermont and Washington, D.C.

Flanders is also the author of several books, among them Gear Cutting Machinery (1909), Spur and Bevel Gearing (1914), Taming our Machines (1931), Platform for America (1936), Toward Full Employment (1938), The American Century (1950), Letter To A Generation (1956), and Senator From Vermont (1961).

From the guide to the Ralph E. Flanders Papers, 1903-1958, (Special Collections Research Center, Syracuse University Libraries)

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Subjects:

  • Business and industry
  • Screw-threads--Standard
  • Mechanical engineering
  • Legislators--Interviews
  • Legislators--United States
  • Businessmen--Political activity
  • Internal security
  • Politics, government and public administration
  • Standards--Engineering
  • Machine-tool industry--United States

Occupations:

  • Businessmen
  • Engineers

Places:

  • United States (as recorded)
  • United States (as recorded)
  • Vermont (as recorded)
  • United States (as recorded)