Cherne, Leo, 1912-....

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Leo Cherne was born on September 8, 1912 in New York City. He received a B.A. from New York University in 1931, and an LL.B. from New York University Law School in 1934. Cherne, an economist, first gained prominence in the private sector, as Executive Director of the Research Institute of America (and later a consultant), 1936 to 1990; Chairman of the Executive Committee of Freedom House, 1946 to 1976; and Chairman of the International Rescue Commission, 1951 to 1991. He maintained these positions for the greater part of his career. Cherne also served many Presidents, from Roosevelt to Bush, in a variety of capacities. These roles were primarily on an intermittent consultant basis, and included service as economic advisor to General Douglas MacArthur in 1946, memberships on the U.S. Select Committee for Western Hemisphere Immigration (1967-1968) and the U.S. Advisory Commission on International Educational and Cultural Affairs (1971-1976), as well as his activities on the President's Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board (1973-1977, 1981-1990) and the Intelligence Oversight Board (1976 to 1977). He was an honorary faculty member and member of the Board of Advisers, for the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, 1946 to 1952; a lecturer at the New School for Social Research; and Chairman of the Citizens Commission on Indo-Chinese Refugees since 1978. He was also a sculptor, producing bronze sculptures of famous statesman such was Abraham Lincoln, Winston Churchill, and John F. Kennedy. He was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1984. Cherne died on January 12, 1999.

From the description of Cherne, Leo, 1912-1999 (U.S. National Archives and Records Administration). naId: 10573760

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Role Title Holding Repository
referencedIn Carl Spaatz Papers, 1910-1981, (bulk 1942-1963) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
referencedIn Angier Biddle Duke Papers, 1923-1990s and undated David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
creatorOf International Rescue Committee. Correspondence with Marian Anderson, 1958-1967. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
referencedIn New York Times Company records. Arthur Hays Sulzberger papers, 1823-1999 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
referencedIn J. B. Matthews Papers, 1862-1986 and undated David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
creatorOf Leo Cherne Papers. 1969 - 1986. President's Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board Subject Files Gerald R. Ford Library
referencedIn Freedom House (U.S.). Freedom House archives, 1936-1997. Princeton University Library
creatorOf McCaffery, John K. M. Recordings, 1956-1962. Wisconsin Historical Society, Newspaper Project
referencedIn Houghton Mifflin Company contracts, 1831-1979 (inclusive) 1880-1940 (bulk). Houghton Library
creatorOf Leo Cherne Papers. 1969 - 1986. Personal Subject Files Gerald R. Ford Library
creatorOf Daniel, Hawthorne, 1890-. Papers of Hawthorne Daniel [manuscript], 1945-1963. University of Virginia. Library
Leo Cherne Papers Gerald R. Ford Library
creatorOf Leo Cherne Papers. 1969 - 1986. Intelligence Oversight Board Subject Files Gerald R. Ford Library
referencedIn Thomas J. Dodd Papers, undated, 1919-1971. Archives & Special Collections at the Thomas J. Dodd Center.
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associatedWith Daniel, Hawthorne, 1890- person
correspondedWith Dodd, Thomas J. (Thomas Joseph), 1907-1971 person
associatedWith Duke, Angier Biddle, 1915-1995 person
correspondedWith Freedom House (U.S.) corporateBody
associatedWith Houghton Mifflin Company. corporateBody
associatedWith International Rescue Committee. corporateBody
associatedWith Matthews, J. B. (Joseph Brown), 1894-1966 person
associatedWith McCaffery, John K. M. person
associatedWith New York Times Company corporateBody
correspondedWith Spaatz, Carl, 1891-1974. person
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Birth 1912-09-08

Death 1999-01-12





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