Thayer, Robert Helyer, 1901-1984

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Diplomat, lawyer, and New York public official.

From the description of Robert Helyer Thayer papers, 1920-1980 (bulk 1930-1964). (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 70982102

Diplomat, ambassador.

From the description of Reminiscences of Robert Helyer Thayer : oral history, 1972. (Columbia University In the City of New York). WorldCat record id: 122587414

Biographical Note

  • 1901, Sept. 22: Born, Southboro, Mass.
  • 1922: A.B., Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.
  • 1923: LL.B., Harvard Law School, Cambridge, Mass.
  • 1926 - 1929 : Law clerk, Cadwalader, Wickersham and Taft, New York, N.Y.
  • 1929 - 1932 : Associate counsel to William J. Donovan of Donovan, Leisure, Newton and Lumbard, New York, N.Y.
  • 1929: Associate counsel, investigation into the United States Bankruptcy Act, United States District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • 1932: Assisted Henry Breckinridge as counsel to Charles A. Lindbergh in the matter of the kidnapping of Lindbergh's son
  • 1934: Partner, Donovan, Leisure, Newton and Lumbard, New York, N.Y.
  • 1936: Chairman, Republican National Finance Committee for New York City
  • 1938: Appointed assistant district attorney for New York County, N.Y.
  • 1941 - 1945 : Commissioned lieutenant commander, United States Naval Reserve, and assisted in organization of combat intelligence
  • 1945: Assistant to John Foster Dulles, United States delegation to United Nations charter conference in San Francisco, Calif.
  • 1946: Candidate for Congress from Brooklyn, N.Y.
  • 1946 - 1947 : Assistant commissioner, New York State Division of Housing
  • 1949 - 1951 : Commissioner, New York State Commission Against Discrimination
  • 1951 - 1954 : Assistant to ambassador to France
  • 1955 - 1958 : Minister to Romania
  • 1958 - 1962 : Assistant secretary for cultural and educational affairs, State Department
  • 1962 - 1971 : Director of governmental relations, American Field Service
  • 1984, Jan. 26: Died, Washington, D.C.

From the guide to the Robert Helyer Thayer Papers, 1920-1980, (bulk 1930-1964), (Manuscript Division Library of Congress)

Archival Resources
Role Title Holding Repository
referencedIn Mark Anthony De Wolfe Howe additional papers, 1880-1959. Houghton Library
creatorOf Thayer, Robert Helyer, 1901-1984. Reminiscences of Robert Helyer Thayer : oral history, 1972. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
referencedIn John Foster Dulles oral history collection, 1964-1967 Princeton University. Library. Dept. of Rare Books and Special Collections.Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library. Public Policy Papers.
creatorOf Thayer, Robert Helyer, 1901-1984. Robert Helyer Thayer papers, 1920-1980 (bulk 1930-1964). Library of Congress
creatorOf Republican Club of the 15th Assembly District (New York, N.Y.). [A collection of printed material pertaining to the Republican Club of the 15th Assembly District, New York, N.Y.]. New-York Historical Society
creatorOf Robert Helyer Thayer Papers, 1920-1980, (bulk 1930-1964) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
Role Title Holding Repository
Relation Name
correspondedWith Bundy, McGeorge person
correspondedWith Bundy, McGeorge person
correspondedWith Castle, William R. (William Richards), 1878-1963 person
associatedWith Dewey, Thomas E. (Thomas Edmund), 1902-1971 person
correspondedWith Dillon, C. Douglas (Clarence Douglas), 1909-2003 person
correspondedWith Donovan, William J. (William Joseph), 1883-1959 person
correspondedWith Dulles, Allen, 1893-1969 person
correspondedWith Dulles, John Foster, 1888-1959 person
associatedWith Eisenhower, Dwight D. (Dwight David), 1890-1969. person
correspondedWith Howe, M. A. De Wolfe (Mark Antony De Wolfe), 1864-1960 person
correspondedWith Hurok, Sol, 1888-1974 person
associatedWith Lindbergh, Charles A. (Charles Augustus), 1902-1974. person
associatedWith Lindbergh, Charles Augustus, 1930-1932 person
associatedWith Luter, John, person
associatedWith Republican Club of the 15th Assembly District (New York, N.Y.) corporateBody
associatedWith Republican Party (U.S. : 1854- ) corporateBody
correspondedWith Rusk, Dean, 1909-1994 person
associatedWith Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library. corporateBody
associatedWith Unesco. corporateBody
associatedWith United States. Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs. corporateBody
associatedWith United States. Dept. of State. corporateBody
associatedWith United States. Naval Reserve. corporateBody
associatedWith United States. Navy corporateBody
correspondedWith Weeks, Sinclair, 1893-1972 person
Place Name Admin Code Country
United States
New York (State)
United States
New York (N.Y.)
New York (State)--New York
New York (State)
United States
Practice of law
Embassy buildings
Public prosecutors--New York (State)--New York County
Law--New York (State)--New York County
Bankruptcy--United States
Kidnapping--United States
Practice of law--New York (State)--New York
World War, 1939-1945--Military intelligence
Diplomatic and consular service, American
Congresses and conventions
Public officials--New York (State)


Birth 1901-09-22

Death 1984-01-26



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