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Richard Spencer Childs

Richard Spencer Childs, American organization executive, publicist. Recipient La Guardia Memorial Association award, 1954; American Judicature Society Jubilee award, 1964.


  • Childs, Richard Spencer was born on May 24, 1882 in Manchester, Connecticut, United States. Son of William Hamlin and Nellie (Spencer) Childs.

  • Education

    • Graduate Polytechnic Preparatory School Brooklyn, 1900. Bachelor of Arts, Yale, 1904. Doctor of Laws, Lehigh University, 1972.


    • ; children—Virginia, Mary, Nancy Jane (deceased). With The Erickson County, New York, 1904-1918. General manager Bon Ami Company, 1911-1920.

      Department manager A. E. Chew Company, 1921-1928, assistant to president, 1928-1947. Director American Cyanamid Company. Executive vice president Lederle laboratories, Inc., 1935-1944.

      Chairman National Municipal League, since 1947.


    • Author: Short Ballot Principles, 1911. Civic Victories, 1953. First 50 Years of the Council, Manager Plan, 1965.

      Unfinished Political Reforms, 1977. Initiator city manager plan and short ballot movement.


    Party affiliation: Republican


    Denomination: Presbyn


    Served as assistant United States War Department, 1918. Member National Municipal League (past president), American Proportional Representation League (past president), Citizens Union (chairman 1941-1950), Institute Public Administrn. (chairman 1948-1960), American Museum Health (president 1947-1948), Phi Gamma Delta.

    Club: City (president 1928-1940).


    • Married Grace P. Hatch, June 15, 1912 (deceased. Children: Virginia, Mary, Nancy Jane (deceased).
    • father: William Hamlin Childs
    • mother: Nellie (Spencer) Childs
    • spouse: Grace P. Hatch
    • children: Virginia Childs
    • Mary Childs
    • Nancy Jane Childs (deceased)
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