- Irving Ives
He served overseas in the
U.S. Armyduring World War I, rising to the rank of first lieutenant before he left the army in 1919. He then attended Hamilton Collegeand entered the banking and insurance businesses.
He was a Republican member of the
New York State Assemblyfrom 1930 to 1946, was minority leader in 1935, Speaker in 1936, and majority leader from 1937 to 1946.
Ives was the founding Dean of the School of Industrial and Labor Relations at
Cornell University. He appointed Maurice F. Neufeldto the faculty, who was later to rise to Professor Emeritus.
He was elected a
U.S. Senatorin 1946, and re-elected in 1952, serving from 1947 to 1959.
He was a delegate to the
Republican National Conventionin 1948, 1952 and 1956.
In 1954, he ran for
Governor of New York, but was defeated by Democrat W. Averell Harriman.
In New York state politics and in national Republican politics, he was known as a moderate member of his party and as a strong supporter of
Ives served as the founding dean of the
Cornell University School of Industrial and Labor Relationsand its primary building is named Ives Hall in his honor.
He died at Chenango Memorial Hospital in Norwich, N.Y.,Chenango County and was buried at the Greenlawn Cemetery in Bainbridge, N.Y.
Ives is best remembered for the success of his "Ives-Quinn Act", passed in 1945, this act was one of the earliest examples of racial employment legislation.
Senator Irving Ives is remebered with his desk on display in the Chenango Museum where it is on display all year long.
The Ives-Quinn Act pre-dated the Civil Rights Act by nearly twenty years.
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