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Oren Root, Jr. (Oren Root IV Oren Root) [1911-1995] (Papers, 1926- 1995)

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Oren Root, Jr. (Oren Root IV; Oren Root) [1911-1995] (Papers, 1926- 1995)

Hamilton College Library, Clinton, New York


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Creation: EAD encoding by Peter MacDonald 2003
Language: English

Overview of the Collection

Repository: Hamilton College Archives
Creator: Oren Root, Jr. (Oren Root IV; Oren Root) [1911-1995]
Title: Oren Root, Jr. Papers
Inclusive Dates: 1926-1995
Quantity: 11 Boxes; 3 Flat Boxes.
Abstract: Papers, 1926- 1995
Identification: 2002.5
Location: BS; NES-39
Language: English

Organized by topic.


Contains the correspondence, both personal and relating to offices held and activities, of Oren Root, Jr. Extensive collection of correspondences involving political campaigns to which he contributed (Lindsay, Javits, Willkie, etc.), committees and associations to which he belonged (American Arbitration Association, American Veterans Committee, Fair Employment Practice Committee, Council on Foreign Relations, International Rescue Committee, Metropolitan Club, National Association for Mental Health, New York Young Republican Club, etc.), and positions he held (New York State Banking Superintendent, Special Assistant to Governor Nelson A. Rockefeller, President of Charter New York Corporation, and Senior Vice President and General Counsel of Irving Trust Co.). Collection also includes memorabilia relating to the Willkie presidential campaign of 1940 (scrapbooks, photographs, pins).


Lawyer; liberal Republican politician; while beginning practice of law in late 1930s, campaigned for election of Fiorello La Guardia as mayor of New York City and Thomas E. Dewey as governor of New York state; was early, major promoter of Wendell L. Willkie for Republican nomination for president in 1940; worked full time as chairman of Associated Willkie Clubs of America during Willkie's unsuccessful run against President Franklin D. Roosevelt; later served as member of New York County Republican Committee and vice-president of New York Young Republican Club; was first president of National Association for Mental Health in early 1950s; in administration of Governor Nelson A. Rockefeller of New York from 1959 to 1964, was successively special assistant for federal and interstate affairs and secretary of banks; for many years practiced law with New York firm of Root Barrett Cohen Knapp & Smith; later was counsel to firm of Lord Day & Lord Barrett Smith until 1994; died in Bedford, New York.

Indexing Terms


America American Arbitration Association
American Veterans Committee
Annual Conferences on Taxation
Barrett Smith Firm
Century Association
Charter for New York Association
Citizens for Javits
Citizens for Rockefeller-Keating
City of New York Bar Association
Council on Foreign Relations
Fair Employment Practice Committee
International Rescue Committee
Irving Trust Co.
Legal Action Center
Lindsay Finance Committee
Lord Day & Lord Barrett Smith
National Tax Association
New York State Banking Board
New York State Commerce Department
New York State Finance Committee
New York State Public Employment Relations Board
State University of New York
United Republican Finance Committee
University of the Andes Foundation, Inc.
Vera Institute of Justice, Inc.
Willkie Presidential Campaign 1940


Barrett, John
Breckinridge, Aida de Acosta
Bundy, McGeorge
Clorety, Joseph
Coulson, Robert
Dewey, Thomas E.
Ford, Gerald
Harrison, Gilbert
Hinman, George
Javits, Jacob K.
Katzen, Bernard
Kennedy, Robert F.
Knapp, Judge Whitman
Lindsay, John V.
Lockwood, John E.
Lord, Sterling
Marshall, Burke
Millard, Charles
Murphy, George
Oakes, John B.
Patterson, Robert P., Jr.
Perkins, Roswell
Potter, Trevor
Rauch, Rudolph
Rockefeller, Laurence
Rockefeller, Nelson A.
Ronan, Dr. William J.
Saxon, James A.
Skouras, Spyros
Sturz, Herbert
Thomas, Evan
Wallis, Gordon T.
Willkie, Wendell L.


Barrett, Smith, Schapiro, & Simon
Bedford Golf & Tennis Club
Bush for President
Catholic New York
Eye Bank for Sight Restoration
Federal Reserve Board
Hughes Tool Co.
Indiana University Wendell Willkie Centennial
John Jay Homestead Fund
Joint Legislative Committee on Narcotics (New York)
Lehman Brothers
Metropolitan Club
Mount Saviour Monastery Saint Benedict Priory
National Association for Mental Health
New York Herald-Tribune
New York State Bankers Association
New York State Bar
New York State Department of Public Works
New York Times
New York Young Republican Club
Portsmouth Priory School
Princeton University--Alumni
St. Michael's College
St. Paul's School--Alumni
Treetops Camp
United States Jaycees
United States Treasury Department
University of Virginia Law School--Alumni
W.W. Norton & Co., Inc.


Marchessini matter
Persons and Persuasions


Deputy for Interstate and Federal Relations
New York State Banking Superintendent
Officer--United States Naval Reserve
Officer--United States Navy
President of Charter New York Corp.
President--National Association for Mental Health
Senior Vice-President and General Counsel of Irving Trust Co.
Special Assistant to Governor Rockefeller

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