Irving Ives


Irving Ives

Irving McNeil Ives (January 24, 1896 Bainbridge, Chenango County, New York - February 24, 1962 Norwich, Chenango County, New York) was an American politician from the state of New York.

Life

He served overseas in the U.S. Army during World War I, rising to the rank of first lieutenant before he left the army in 1919. He then attended Hamilton College and entered the banking and insurance businesses.

He was a Republican member of the New York State Assembly from 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. Neufeld to the faculty, who was later to rise to Professor Emeritus.

He was elected a U.S. Senator in 1946, and re-elected in 1952, serving from 1947 to 1959.

He was a delegate to the Republican National Convention in 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 Thomas Dewey.

Ives served as the founding dean of the Cornell University School of Industrial and Labor Relations and 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.

References

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* [http://politicalgraveyard.com/bio/ives.html] Political Graveyard


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