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W. AVERELL HARRIMAN - CIVIL APPOINTMENT SIGNED 01/01/1955 CO-SIGNED BY: CARMINE "THE BISHOP" DE SAPIO - DOCUMENT 266236

 

AVERELL HARRIMAN, AS GOVERNOR OF NEW YORK, APPOINTS FUTURE U.S. SENATOR DANIEL P. MOYNIHAN TO HIS FIRST GOVERNMENT POST
 
AVERELL HARRIMAN and CARMINE G. DeSAPIO.
Partly Printed Civil Appointment signed: "Averell Harriman" as Governor and "Carmine G. DeSapio" as Secretary of State of New York, 1p, 18x15. Albany, New York, 1955 January 1. APPOINTMENT OF DANIEL P. MOYNIHAN AS ASSISTANT TO THE SECRETARY OF THE GOVERNOR. DANIEL PATRICK MOYNIHAN (1927-2003), a WWII veteran, got his first political experience working as an assistant and secretary to Governor Harriman (1955-1958). This appointment was the first for Moynihan, who later held Cabinet and sub-Cabinet posts under Presidents John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson, Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford and served as U.S. Ambassador to India (1973-1975) and U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations (1975-1976). Moynihan, who was also an author, ended his political career as a Democratic U.S. Senator from New York (1977-2001). WILLIAM AVERELL HARRIMAN (1891-1986), the son of railroad tycoon Edward Harriman, was active in business and finance before devoting himself to government service. He served as Ambassador to the Soviet Union (1943-1946) and then to Great Britain (1946), Harry S Truman's Secretary of Commerce (1946-1948) and Governor of New York (1955-1959), and Harriman was a candidate for the Democratic Presidential nomination in 1952 and 1956. As Ambassador at Large under Presidents Kennedy and Johnson, Harriman helped negotiate the Geneva Agreement on Laos (1962), the nuclear test ban treaty (1963) and the initial phase of the Paris peace negotiations on Vietnam (1968-1969). He was known as one of the so-called "Wise Men" who advised U.S. Presidents in the decades after WWII. CARMINE DeSAPIO (1908-2004) was the boss of Tammany Hall, the New York Democratic machine that successfully promoted the nominations and elections of New York City Mayor Robert Wagner in 1953 and Governor Averell Harriman in 1954. In 1961, Wagner led a movement against boss rule and was reelected for a third term. DeSapio was ousted from his position as Tammany chief by reform forces and "Tammany Hall" ceased to exist. Three-inch diameter gold foil seal at lower left. Slightly creased and rippled, touching signatures. Lightly stained at upper and lower blank edges, slightly soiled at blank left and right margins. Overall, fine condition.


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W. AVERELL HARRIMAN
Born: November 15, 1891 in New York City, New York
Died: July 26, 1986 in Yorktown Heights, New York





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