Herbert H. Lehman and New York's Little New Deal

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Stay home to vote today. Vote Republican ticket generally, to hold "new deal" in check and to prevent Tammany control in State but make exception to vote for Governor Lehman because of his honesty, sincerity [and] business [administration]. 105

While preserving the image of a cautious banker, Lehman helped push through the most comprehensive set of reforms ever enacted in New York.


NOTES
1.
Ernest K. Lindley, Frankin D. Roosevelt: A Career in Progressive Democracy ( Indianapolis, 1931), pp. 11-21; Elliott Roosevelt, ed., F.D.R.: His Personal Letters, 1905-1938 ( New York, 1948), pp. 644-46; James A. Farley, Jim Farley's Story: The Roosevelt Years ( New York, 1948), pp. 59-60; Eleanor Roosevelt, This I Remember ( New York, 1949), pp, 44-47, Herbert H. Lehman Memoir, Columbia Oral History Collection, pp. 244-47. (Hereinafter referred to as COHC.)
2.
HHL Memoir, pp. 242-43, 247.
3.
Ibid., p. 248. See also Edward J. Flynn Memoir, COHC, p. 16.
4.
Roosevelt to HHL, October 2, 1928, Special File, Herbert H. Lehman Papers, Columbia University. (Hereinafter referred to as HHLP.)
5.
Hickman Powell, "Profile: The Governor--I," The New Yorker, May 2, 1936, p. 21; Interview of Edward Weinfeld by Allan Nevins, Decmeber 9, 1961, Interview of Henry Epstein by Nevins, December 10, 1961, Nevins Research File, HHLP; Warren Moscow, Politics in the Empire State ( New York, 1948), pp. 21-23.
6.
A Centennial: Lehman Brothers, 1850-1950 ( New York, 1950), pp. 1-25; HHL to James L. Loeb, April 15,1941, "HHL--Biographical Data," Special File, HHLP.
7.
The best single source of information about Herbert Lehman's early life is Allan Nevins, Herbert Lehman and His Era ( New York, 1963). Irving Lehman won election to the Court of Appeals as an Associate Judge in 1924, and he became its Chief Judge in 1940. Bernard L. Shientag , "Chief Judge Irving Lehman, Citizen and Jurist: An Appreciation," The Menorah Journal, XXXV (Spring 1947): 155-75; William M. Wiecek, "The Place of Chief Judge Irving Lehman in American Constitutional Development," American Jewish Historical Quarterly, LX ( March 1971): 280-303.
8.
HHL to Clifford W. Hall, August 7, 1947, "HHL-Biographical Data," Special File, HHLP; HHL Memoir, pp. 38-45.
9.
HHL to Allan Nevins, March 16, 1961, Special File, HHLP.
10.
Williams College Scrapbook, HHLP; HHL Memoir, pp. 46-50.
11.
Upon his death in 1897, Mayer Lehman left an estate of over $5 million, of which Herbert's share was $400,000. Nevins, Lehman, p. 422. n. 5. For a discussion of the difficulty of estimating the Lehman family wealth from public records, see Phillip Lappin, "Herbert H. Lehman: His Background and Public Career" (unpublished M.A. essay, Columbia University, 1958), pp. 50-51.
12.
HHL to Carolin Flexner, January 27, 1949, "HHL--Biographical Data," Special File, HHLP; HHL Memoir, pp. 56-66; A Centennial, pp. 16, 26-38.

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