Kelley, Nicholas, 1885-1965

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Nicholas Kelley (1885-1965) was a New York City lawyer and civic leader. He served as an official of the U.S. Treasury Dept. from 1918 to 1921. In his private law practice, Kelley specialized in corporate law and he also was a director of several companies, most notably the Chrysler Corporation from 1937 to 1957. He was active in civic associations, civil service reform groups, consumer leagues, and legal organizations. Florence Kelley (1859-1932), Nicholas Kelley's mother, was a social reformer in Chicago and New York.

From the description of Nicholas Kelley papers, 1823-1967, bulk (1862-1967). (New York Public Library). WorldCat record id: 122455857

Lawyer.

From the description of Reminiscences of Nicholas Kelley : oral history, 1953. (Columbia University In the City of New York). WorldCat record id: 309733855

Lawyer.

Kelley was a prominent New York lawyer for the Chrysler Corporation. He is particularly noted for his activities on behalf of that corporation during the New Deal period.

From the description of Nicholas Kelley papers, 1953-1963. (Columbia University In the City of New York). WorldCat record id: 506124183

Nicholas Kelley, son of social reformer Florence Kelley, was a New York City lawyer and civic leader. He received his A.B. from Harvard College in 1906 and LL.B. from Harvard Law School in 1909. Upon graduation from law school, he married Augusta Maverick of San Antonio, Texas and took a position in the law office of Cravath, Henderson & de Gersdorff where he handled bankruptcy cases. Kelley served as a United States government appeals agent of the draft board and as an assistant in the office of the director of the draft in 1917. From July 1918 to June 1920, he worked in the Department of the Treasury as a member of the war loan staff, and served as an Assistant Secretary of the Treasury in charge of loans to foreign governments from 1920 to 1921. Kelley returned to New York City in 1921 and joined the law firm of Larkin, Rathbone and Perry. From November 1921 to February 1922 he headed a financial mission to Peru on behalf of American banking interests.

Kelley served as an industry member of the Automobile Labor Board from 1934 to 1935 and worked to carry out the terms of an arbitration agreement designed to avert a strike in the automobile industry. At Larkin, Rathbone and Perry, Kelley acted as general counsel for the Chrysler Corporation where he continued to deal with labor relations. He was named a vice president of Chrysler in 1937 and stayed until his retirement in 1957. Kelley was active in the Association of the Bar of New York, serving both on its Executive Committee and as Chairman of its Committee on the Administration of Bankruptcy Law during his career. From 1941 to 1946 Kelley was Chairman of the Alien Enemy Hearing Board in New York City.

Throughout his life, Nicholas Kelley carried on his mother Florence Kelley's dedication to social and civic reform. For many years he was a member of the Executive Committee of the League for Industrial Democracy and of its predecessor, the Intercollegiate Socialist Society. He served on the boards of the Henry Street Settlement, the Carnegie Corporation of New York, and the Visiting Nurse Service of New York. He was president of the National Civil Service Reform League, chairman of the board of the Foreign Language Information Service, treasurer of the American Association for Old Age Security, a trustee of the Economic Foundation, a member of the Executive Committee of the Civil Service Reform Association, and of committees of the Citizens Union. He was also a member of the New York State Bar Association and the Association of the Bar of the City of New York. Interested in education, Kelley served on the boards of trustees of Antioch College, Fisk University, Swarthmore College, and Bennington College. He was a member of the American Philosophical Association, the Harvard Club, the Century Association, the Knickerbocker Club, and the Cosmos Club of Washington D.C. Additionally, Kelley owned a dairy farm in Annandale, New Jersey where he raised award-winning Holstein-Friesian cows.

From the guide to the Nicholas Kelley papers, ca. 1845-1968, 1890-1968, (The New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division.)

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creatorOf Nicholas Kelley papers, ca. 1845-1968, 1890-1968 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
referencedIn Kelley family. Papers, 1681-1936, [microform]. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
referencedIn Stokes, Harold Phelps, 1887-1970. Harold Phelps Stokes papers, 1908-1969 (inclusive). Yale University Library
creatorOf Kelley, Nicholas, 1885-1965. Nicholas Kelley papers, 1823-1967, bulk (1862-1967). New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Kelley, Florence, 1859-1932. Florence Kelley papers, 1836-1932 (bulk 1881-1932). New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn Papers, 1859 (1882-1944) Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute
creatorOf Kelley, Nicholas, 1885-1965. Nicholas Kelley papers, 1953-1963. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
creatorOf American Council for Nationalities Service. Correspondence with Marian Anderson, 1959-1974. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
referencedIn Florence Kelley papers, 1836-1932, 1881-1932 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
creatorOf Kelley, Nicholas, 1885-1965. Reminiscences of Nicholas Kelley : oral history, 1953. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
referencedIn Harold Phelps Stokes papers, 1908-1969 Yale University. Department of Manuscripts and Archives
referencedIn Leffingwell, R. C. (Russell Cornell), 1883-1960. Russell Cornell Leffingwell papers, 1883-1979 (inclusive). Yale University Library
referencedIn Kelley family. Kelley family papers, 1681-1936. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
referencedIn Stokes, Harold Phelps, 1887-1970. Harold Phelps Stokes papers, 1908-1969 (inclusive). Yale University Library
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associatedWith Wald, Lillian D., 1867-1940. person
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United States
United States
New York (N.Y.)
New York (N.Y.)
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Bar associations
Lawyers--Interviews
World War, 1914-1918--Economic aspects
World War, 1939-1945--United States
Civil service reform
Automobile industry and trade
New Deal, 1933-1939
Consumers' leagues
Civic improvement--New York (State)--New York
Strikes and lockouts--Automobile industry
Civil service reform--United States
Women--Social conditions
Law
Charities--New York (State)--New York
Children--Employment
Arbitration, Industrial
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Lawyers
Social reformers
Civic leader
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Birth 1885

Death 1965

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