Vinton, Warren Jay, 1889-1969.

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Warren J. Vinton received his A.B. from the University of Michigan in 1911. At age 21 he became secretary and director of the Vinton Company, then the largest general building contractors in Detroit. During World War I he served as an assistant attaché at the U.S. Embassy in Paris. In 1928 he went to New York and worked for the American Association for Social Security, which did the groundwork for the eventual adoption of social security legislation. He also did graduate work in economics and statistics at Columbia University. In 1934 Vinton was appointed a field research supervisor with the newly formed Federal Housing Administration, where he developed the basic research techniques used in the first housing census done by the Census Bureau in 1940. When the Resettlement Administration was established in 1935, he was put in charge of economic and sociological studies for greenbelt towns and helped select the locations for three of them. From 1935-37 he assisted Senator Robert F. Wagner in drafting housing legislation which became the Wagner Act of 1937, and he later headed the social and economic studies which led to further public housing legislation adopted in 1949. He then became assistant commissioner of the new Public Housing Administration, where he remained until his retirement in 1957. He then became mayor of Somerset, Maryland, and retired in April, 1968.

Vinton belonged to, or was a board member of, the Washington Housing Association, the National Housing Conference, the American Society of Planning Officials, and the American Institute of Planners.

From the description of Warren Jay Vinton papers, 1932-1969. (Cornell University Library). WorldCat record id: 64072074

Warren J. Vinton received his A.B. from the University of Michigan in 1911. At age 21 he became secretary and director of the Vinton Company, then the largest general building contractors in Detroit. During World War I he served as an assistant attaché at the U.S. Embassy in Paris. In 1928 he went to New York and worked for the American Association for Social Security, which did the groundwork for the eventual adoption of social security legislation. He also did graduate work in economics and statistics at Columbia University. In 1934 Vinton was appointed a field research supervisor with the newly formed Federal Housing Administration, where he developed the basic research techniques used in the first housing census done by the Census Bureau in 1940. When the Resettlement Administration was established in 1935, he was put in charge of economic and sociological studies for greenbelt towns and helped select the locations for three of them. From 1935-37 he assisted Senator Robert F. Wagner in drafting housing legislation which became the Wagner Act of 1937, and he later headed the social and economic studies which led to further public housing legislation adopted in 1949. He then became assistant commissioner of the new Public Housing Administration, where he remained until his retirement in 1957. He then became mayor of Somerset, Maryland, and retired in April, 1968.

Vinton belonged to, or was a board member of, the Washington Housing Association, the National Housing Conference, the American Society of Planning Officials, and the American Institute of Planners.

From the guide to the Warren Jay Vinton papers, 1932-1969, (Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library)

Archival Resources
Role Title Holding Repository
referencedIn Charles Abrams papers, 1923-1970. Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library.
creatorOf Vinton, Warren Jay, 1889-1969. Warren Jay Vinton papers, 1932-1969. Cornell University Library
referencedIn Charles Ogden: Correspondence and Papers, 1889-c.1975 Cambridge University Library, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives
creatorOf Warren Jay Vinton papers, 1932-1969 Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library.
referencedIn Abrams, Charles, 1902-1970. Charles Abrams papers, 1923-1970. Cornell University Library
referencedIn Black, Russell Van Nest, 1893-1969. Russell Van Nest Black papers, 1919-1968. Cornell University Library
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Direct Relationships
Relation Name
associatedWith Abrams, Charles, 1902-1970. person
associatedWith American Association for Social Security. corporateBody
associatedWith American Institute of Planners. corporateBody
associatedWith American Society of Planning Officials. corporateBody
associatedWith Augur, Tracy Baldwin, 1896-1974. person
associatedWith Bacon, Edmund N. person
associatedWith Bauer, Catherine, 1905- person
associatedWith Black, Russell Van Nest, 1893-1969. person
associatedWith Blandford, John, 1914- person
associatedWith Bloomberg, Lawrence N. person
associatedWith Blucher, Walter H. (Walter Harold), 1901- person
associatedWith Bohn, Ernest J. person
associatedWith Byrd, Harry Flood, 1887-1966. person
associatedWith Charles Abrams 1902-1970. person
associatedWith Charles Kay Ogden person
associatedWith Churchill, Henry S., (Henry Stern) person
associatedWith Crane, Jacob L. (Jacob Leslie), 1892-1988 person
associatedWith Crane, Jacob L. (Jacob Leslie), 1892-1988. person
associatedWith Creedon, Frank R. person
associatedWith Creedon, Frank R. person
associatedWith Delano, Frederic Adrian, 1863-1953. person
associatedWith Ellenbogen, Henry. person
associatedWith Ellenbogen, Henry. person
associatedWith Emmerick, Herbert. person
associatedWith Emmerick, Herbert. person
associatedWith Foley, Raymond M. person
associatedWith Foley, Raymond M. person
associatedWith Glick, Philip M. person
associatedWith Grimm, Sergei N. person
associatedWith Grimm, Sergei N. person
associatedWith Hartzog, Justin R., 1892-1963. person
associatedWith Higgins, Benjamin Howard, 1912-. person
associatedWith Ihlder, John, 1876-1958. person
associatedWith Keyserling, Leon Hirsch. person
associatedWith Keyserling, Leon H. (Leon Hirsch), 1908-1987. person
associatedWith Klutznick, Philip M. person
associatedWith Klutznick, Philip M., 1907-1999. person
associatedWith Krooth, David L. person
associatedWith Krooth, David L. person
associatedWith Lansill, J. S. person
associatedWith Lansill, J. S. person
associatedWith Marquette, Bleecker. person
associatedWith Marquette, Bleecker. person
associatedWith Mayer, Albert. person
associatedWith Mayer, Albert, b.1897. person
associatedWith McCarthy, Joseph, 1908-1957. person
associatedWith Mumford, Lewis, 1895- person
associatedWith Myer, Dillon S. (Dillon Seymour), 1891-1982. person
associatedWith National Association of Housing Officials. corporateBody
associatedWith National Housing Conference. corporateBody
associatedWith Palmer, Charles F., (Charles Forrest), 1892-1973. person
associatedWith Peaslee, Horace W. person
associatedWith Peets, Elbert, 1886-1968. person
associatedWith Pomeroy, Hugh R. (Hugh Reynolds), 1899-1961. person
associatedWith Price, Don Krasher. person
associatedWith Price, Don Krasher. person
associatedWith Roosevelt, Franklin D. (Franklin Delano), 1882-1945. person
associatedWith Routh, James W. person
associatedWith Shiskin, Boris B. person
associatedWith Shiskin, Boris B. person
associatedWith Slusser, Charles E. person
associatedWith Slusser, Charles E. person
associatedWith Stein, Clarence S. person
associatedWith Straus, Nathan, 1889-1961. person
associatedWith Tugwell, Rexford G. (Rexford Guy), 1891- person
associatedWith United States. Bureau of the Census. corporateBody
associatedWith United States. Federal Housing Administration. corporateBody
associatedWith United States. Federal Public Housing Authority. corporateBody
associatedWith United States. Public Housing Administration. corporateBody
associatedWith United States. Resettlement Administration. corporateBody
associatedWith Unwin, Raymond, Sir, 1863-1940. person
associatedWith Vinton Company. corporateBody
associatedWith Wagner, Robert F. (Robert Ferdinand), 1877-1953. person
associatedWith Washington Housing Association. corporateBody
associatedWith Wolcott, Jesse R. person
associatedWith Wolcott, Jesse R. person
associatedWith Woodbury, Coleman. person
associatedWith Woodbury, Coleman, 1903-1994. person
associatedWith Wood, Edith E. person
associatedWith Wood, Elizabeth. person
associatedWith Wood, Elizabeth. person
associatedWith Wyatt, Wilson W. person
associatedWith Wyatt, Wilson W., (Wilson Watkins), 1905- person
Place Name Admin Code Country
Detroit (Mich.)
Maryland--Somerset
Detroit (Mich.)
Subject
City planning
Mayor
Housing--Law and legislation
Mayors--Maryland--Somerset
Public housing--Law and legislation
Social security
Occupation
Function

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Birth 1889

Death 1969

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