Fogarty, John Edward, 1913-1967

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U.S. representative from Rhode Island.

From the description of John Edward Fogarty memorial, 1967. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 79450284

U.S. representative from Rhode Island; originally a bricklayer; of Providence and Harmony, R.I.

From the description of Papers, 1939-1967. (Providence College, Phillips Memorial Library). WorldCat record id: 70925276

John E. Fogarty served in the United States House of Representatives for twenty-two years (1941-1967) representing Rhode Island's Second Congressional District. His distinguished career was highlighted by a tireless promotion of program to improve and safeguard the nation's health.

As Chairman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee for the Departments of Labor and Health, Education, and Welfare, Mr. Fogarty actively encouraged the Federal Government to support and initiate health programs.

During his tenure on the Appropriations Committee the budget of the National Institutes of Health increased from approximately 3 million to 1.4 billion dollars. Fogarty's name was associated with virtually every important piece of health legislation that passed through Congress between 1949 and 1966.

The Congressman also championed the rights of labor, increased aid to education and library services, and the expansion of programs in the arts and humanities.

In other legislative efforts, Fogarty worked with Senator Lister Hill (D-Alabama) to establish the Library Services Act (1956). The history of this effort is highlighted in James Healey's monograph: John E. Fogarty: Political Leadership for Library Development . According to Healey, it was the work of Rhode Island state librarian, Elizabeth Myer that inspired Congressman Fogarty to champion library services.

Specific bills Fogarty sponsored or worked on, in conjunction with Senator Hill, included the Hill-Fogarty "Health for Peace" Bill, which opened up opportunities for research and training on an international basis. In addition, Fogarty was responsible for the enactment of authorizing legislation and the appropriation of funds for construction of the National Institute of Dental Research.

Other bills introduced by Fogarty to provide for the expansion of teaching and research for mentally retarded citizens were enacted, as were his bills to authorize distribution of books and special instruction materials for the blind, and to provide teachers for the deaf and educational films for the deaf.

The White House Conference on Aging was the result of legislation successfully sponsored by Mr. Fogarty and led to the enactment of his bill to establish an Administration of Aging in the Department of Health, Education and Welfare. He was the original sponsor of legislation that established the Older Americans Act of 1965.

Other legislation sponsored by Fogarty included legislation for the National Technical Institute for the Deaf, Control of Drug Abuse, Community Mental Health Centers Act Amendments, Community Health Service Amendments, Health Research Facilities Amendments, Water Pollution Control Act, Medical Complex Centers for Heart Disease, Cancer and Stroke, Medical Library Assistance Act, Library Services Act Amendments, The Model Secondary School for the Deaf Act, and the Vocational Rehabilitation Act.

Fogarty was also the original sponsor of the legislation providing for the National Foundation on Arts and Humanities and was instrumental in the enactment of the Manpower Act of 1965, the Economic Opportunity Amendments of 1965, as well as numerous other acts to improve health services for Americans.

John Fogarty was awarded distinguished service citations by many national health organizations, veterans groups, educational associations and business chambers. He was appointed by the President of the United States as Congressional Advisor to the U.S. Delegation to the World Health Assembly on seven different occasions, and was honored by the Italian Government by a decree from the President conferring the title "Commedatore al Merito della Repubblica Italiana."

Four health and educational facilities have been dedicated in Mr. Fogarty's name in the State of Rhode Island – The John E. Fogarty Occupational Training Center for the Mentally Retarded – the John E. Fogarty Medical and Rehabilitation Unit at the Joseph H. Ladd School for the Mentally Retarded – the John E. Fogarty Health Science Building at the University of Rhode Island Colleges of Pharmacy and Nursing – and the John E. Fogarty School in Foster, Rhode Island. His legislative leadership and humanitarianism earned his the title "Mr. Public Health."

From the guide to the John E. Fogarty papers, Fogarty, (John E, ) papers, 1941-1967, (Phillips Memorial Library)

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referencedIn Aime J. Forand papers, Forand (Aime J.) papers, 1918-1972 Phillips Memorial Library, Special and Archival Collections
referencedIn Thomson, Paul van K. (Paul van Kuykendall), 1916-. [Guide to the Paul van K. Thomson papers 1928-1995.] Providence College, Phillips Memorial Library, Phillips Memorial Library
referencedIn Alice LaFond Altieri papers, Altieri (Alice LaFond) papers, 1914-1976 Phillips Memorial Library, Special and Archival Collections
creatorOf Forand, Aimé Joseph, 1895-1972. [Guide to the Aime J. Forand papers 1918-1972.] Providence College, Phillips Memorial Library, Phillips Memorial Library
creatorOf Fogarty, John Edward, 1913-1967. John Edward Fogarty memorial, 1967. Library of Congress
referencedIn Grimes, J. Stephen. From bricklayer to bricklayer : the Rhode Island roots of congressman John E. Fogarty's Irish-American nationalism / J. Stephen Grimes. Providence College, Phillips Memorial Library, Phillips Memorial Library
referencedIn Cohen, Wilbur J. (Wilbur Joseph), 1913-1987. Wilbur J. Cohen papers, 1930-1987 (bulk 1935-1979). Wisconsin Historical Society, Newspaper Project
referencedIn Papers, 1922-1973 Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute
creatorOf Roberts, Dennis Joseph, 1903-1994. [Guide to the Dennis J. Roberts papers ] Providence College, Phillips Memorial Library, Phillips Memorial Library
creatorOf Altieri, Alice LaFond, 1894-1976. [Guide to the Alice LaFond Altieri papers]. Providence College, Phillips Memorial Library, Phillips Memorial Library
referencedIn National Institutes of Health (U.S.). Office of the Director. Congressional Inquiries Correspondence, 1949-1971 History of Medicine Division. National Library of Medicine
creatorOf National Institutes of Health (U.S.). Office of the Director. National Institutes of Health (U.S.) Office of the Director. Congressional inquiries correspondence, 1949-1971. National Library of Medicine
referencedIn Dennis J. Roberts papers, Roberts (Dennis J.) papers, 1927-1972 Phillips Memorial Library, Special and Archival Collections
creatorOf Fogarty, John Edward, 1913-1967. Papers, 1939-1967. Providence College, Phillips Memorial Library, Phillips Memorial Library
referencedIn Paul van K. Thomson papers, Thomson (Paul van K.) papers, 1928-1995 Phillips Memorial Library, Special and Archival Collections
creatorOf John E. Fogarty papers, Fogarty, (John E, ) papers, 1941-1967 Phillips Memorial Library
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associatedWith Altieri, Alice LaFond, 1894-1976. person
associatedWith Butler, John Marshall, 1897-1978 person
associatedWith Cohen, Wilbur J. (Wilbur Joseph), 1913-1987. person
associatedWith Condon, Francis B. (Francis Bernard), 1891-1965 person
associatedWith Democratic National Committee (U.S.) corporateBody
associatedWith Eisenhower, Dwight D. (Dwight David), 1890-1969. person
associatedWith Forand, Aimé Joseph, 1895-1972. person
associatedWith Green, Theodore Francis, 1867-1966 person
associatedWith Grimes, J. Stephen. person
associatedWith Hill, Lister, 1894-1984 person
associatedWith Humphrey, Hubert H. (Hubert Horatio), 1911-1978 person
associatedWith Johnson, Lyndon B. (Lyndon Baines), 1908-1973 person
associatedWith Kefauver, Estes, 1903-1963. person
associatedWith Kennedy, Edward Moore, 1932- person
associatedWith Kennedy, John F. (John Fitzgerald), 1917-1963 person
associatedWith Kennedy, Robert F., 1925-1968 person
associatedWith Lehman, Herbert H. (Herbert Henry), 1878-1963 person
associatedWith Long, Russell B. person
correspondedWith MARY ELIZABETH SWITZER, 1900-1971 person
associatedWith McClellan, John L. (John Little), 1896-1977 person
associatedWith McGrath, J. Howard (James Howard), 1903-1966 person
associatedWith Muskie, Edmund S., 1914-1996 person
associatedWith National Conference on Social Welfare corporateBody
associatedWith National Institutes of Health (U.S.) corporateBody
associatedWith National Institutes of Health (U.S.). Office of the Director. corporateBody
associatedWith National Library of Medicine (U.S.) corporateBody
associatedWith Pastore, John O. (John Orlando), 1907- person
associatedWith Pell, Claiborne, 1918- person
associatedWith Quinn, Robert E., 1894-1975 person
associatedWith Roberts, Dennis Joseph, 1903-1994. person
associatedWith Roosevelt, Franklin D. (Franklin Delano), 1882-1945 person
associatedWith Smith, Margaret Chase, 1897-1995 person
associatedWith Stevenson, Adlai E., (Adlai Ewing), 1900-1965 person
associatedWith Thomson, Paul van K. (Paul van Kuykendall), 1916- person
associatedWith Truman, Harry S., 1884-1972 person
associatedWith United States. Dept. of Health, Education, and Welfare corporateBody
associatedWith Williams, G. Mennen, 1911-1988 person
Place Name Admin Code Country
Rhode Island
United States
Rhode Island
Subject
Medicine
Health
Occupation
Representatives, U.S. Congress--Rhode Island
Legislators--United States
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Birth 1913-03-23

Death 1967-01-10

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