Bassett, Edward M. (Edward Murray), 1863-1948

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Bassett was a United States congressman, 1902-1905, and served on the Public Service Commission of New York, during which time he aided in the development of the dual subway plan in New York City. He was vice-chairman of the Brooklyn Committee on City Plan, whose report was published in 1914; chairman of the Heights of Buildings Commission in New York City, whose final report, 1916, presented the first Zoning Resolution of the City of New York, also the first comprehensive zoning ordinance in the United States. Most of his work, both private and on committees, concerns city planning, zoning and the legal issues surrounding these fields.

From the guide to the Edward M. Bassett papers, 1892-1948, (Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library)

Attorney, city planner, author, public official and zoning expert.

Bassett was a United States congressman, 1902-1905, and served on the Public Service Commission of New York, during which time he aided in the development of the dual subway plan in New York City. He was vice-chairman of the Brooklyn Committee on City Plan, whose report was published in 1914; chairman of the Heights of Buildings Commission in New York City, whose final report, 1916, presented the first Zoning Resolution of the City of New York, also the first comprehensive zoning ordinance in the United States. Most of his work, both private and on committees, concerns city planning, zoning and the legal issues surrounding these fields.

From the description of Edward M. Bassett papers, 1892-1948. (Cornell University Library). WorldCat record id: 64071681

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referencedIn Stokes, Harold Phelps, 1887-1970. Harold Phelps Stokes papers, 1908-1969 (inclusive). Yale University Library
referencedIn Regional Plan Association records, 1919-1997. Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library.
creatorOf Edward M. Bassett papers, 1892-1948 Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library.
creatorOf Bennett, Earl J. Papers, 1893-1947. Campbell University, Wiggins Memorial Library
referencedIn Stokes, Harold Phelps, 1887-1970. Harold Phelps Stokes papers, 1908-1969 (inclusive). Yale University Library
referencedIn Harold Phelps Stokes papers, 1908-1969 Yale University. Department of Manuscripts and Archives
referencedIn John Nolen papers, 1890-1938, 1954-1960. Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library.
referencedIn Grinnalds, Jefferson C. (Jefferson Cleveland), 1884-1966. Jefferson Cleveland Grinnalds papers, 1908-1966, 1920-1960 (bulk). Cornell University Library
creatorOf Bassett, Edward M. (Edward Murray), 1863-1948. Edward M. Bassett papers, 1892-1948. Cornell University Library
referencedIn Black, Russell Van Nest, 1893-1969. Russell Van Nest Black papers, 1919-1968. Cornell University Library
referencedIn Nolen, John, 1869-1937. John Nolen papers, 1890-1938, 1954-1960. Cornell University Library
creatorOf Bassett, Edward M. (Edward Murray), 1863-1948. The gift of Gerritsen Park to the city of New York by Frederick B. Pratt and Alfred T. White : typescript / by Edward M. Bassett. Brooklyn Historical Society
referencedIn Levine, Jeffrey S. Edward M. Bassett : father of American zoning, 1986. Cornell University Library
creatorOf Bassett, Edward M. (Edward Murray), 1863-1948. Edward M. Bassett papers, 1892-1948. Cornell University Library
referencedIn Jefferson Cleveland Grinnalds papers, 1908-1966, 1920-1960 Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library.
referencedIn Regional Plan Association (New York, N.Y.). Regional Plan Association records, 1919-1997. Cornell University Library
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associatedWith Bassett, Edward Murray, 1863-1948. person
associatedWith Bennett, Earl J. person
associatedWith Black, Russell Van Nest, 1893-1969. person
associatedWith Brooklyn Committee on City Plan. corporateBody
associatedWith Grinnalds, Jefferson C. (Jefferson Cleveland), 1884-1966. person
associatedWith John, Nolen 1869-1937. person
associatedWith Levine, Jeffrey S. person
associatedWith New York (N.Y.). Heights of Buildings Commission. corporateBody
associatedWith New York (N.Y.). Zoning Committee. corporateBody
associatedWith New York (State). Public Service Commission. corporateBody
associatedWith Nolen, John, 1869-1937. person
associatedWith Pratt, Frederick B. person
associatedWith Regional Plan Association (New York, N.Y.). corporateBody
associatedWith Regional Plan of New York and Its Environs. corporateBody
associatedWith Stokes, Harold Phelps, 1887-1970. person
associatedWith United States. Congress. corporateBody
associatedWith White, Alfred Tredway, 1846-1921. person
Place Name Admin Code Country
Central Park (New York, N.Y.)
New York (State)
Marine Park (New York, N.Y.)
New York (N.Y.)
New York (State)--New York
New York (N.Y.)
Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.)
Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.)
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City planning
Marine parks and reserves
Politics, Practical
City planning--New York (State)
Zoning
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Birth 1863

Death 1948

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