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James A. Farley

James A. Farley, business executive, former postmaster general.

Background

  • Farley, James A. was born on May 30, 1888 in Grassy Point, New York, United States. Son of James and Ellen (Goldrick) Farley.

  • Education

    • Graduate Packard Commercial School, New York City, 1906. Doctor of Civil Law, University of South, 1933, Lincoln Memorial U., 1935, St. Ambrose College, 1941, Villanova College, 1942. Doctor of Laws, Canisius College, Manhattan College, John Marshall College Law, 1934, Niagara U., 1935, Hendrix College, 1939, Oglethorpe U., 1940, Seattle U., 1950, Ithaca College, Loras College, St. Anselm’s College, 1951, St. Joseph’s College, Collegeville, Indiana, 1955, Long Island U., 1957, St. Joseph’s College, Philadelphia, 1960, St. Mary’s College, San Antonio, 1961, St. Bonaventure U., 1961, Tuskegee Institute, 1963.

      Doctor of Commercial Science, New York University, 1950, Suffolk U., 1956. Citation, U. Florida, 1950. D.S.S., Duquesne U., 1953.

      Honorary degree Seton Hall U., 1967.

    Career

    • January 1955); children—Elizabeth M. (Mistress Glenn D. Montgomery), Ann E. (Mistress Edward J. Hickey III), James A. Began as bookkeeper Merlin Keilholtz Paper Company. New York City, 1906; sales manager Universal Gypsum Company, to 1926. Organized James A. Farley & Company, 1926, firm merged with five other building material firms, organized as General Builders Supply Corporation, 1929, president, director, 1929-1933, 49-58.

      Chairman of the Board Coca-Cola Export Corporation, from 1940, honorary Chairman of the Board. Chairman of the Board Coca-Cola Interamerican Corporation. President, director Coca-Cola International Corporation.

      Director Coca-Cola Company, Coca-Cola Company Canada, Ltd. Trustee Committee Economics Development, Cordell Hull Foundation, Alfred E. Smith Foundation, Little League Foundation. Board directors National Foreign Trade Council, Boys Clubs American, Far East-American Council Industry and Commerce, Catholic Youth Organisation New York, New York Convention and Visitors Bureau, Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge, American Heritage Foundation, American-Australian Association, Catholic Medical Mission Board Town clerk Stony Point, New York, 1912-1919.

      Supervisor Rockland County, 1920-1923. Port warden Port New York, 1918-1919. Member of New York State Athletic Commission, 1923-1933, chairman, 1925-1933.

      Member Commision on Organisation Executive Branch Government, 1953. Member of New York State Banking Board, 1955-1960, New York State Harness Racing Commission, 1959-1976.

    Works

    • Author: Behind the Ballots, 1938. Jim Farley’s Story, 1948.

    Membership

    Member of New York State Athletic Commission, 1923-1933, chairman, 1925-1933. Member Commision on Organisation Executive Branch Government, 1953. Member of New York State Banking Board, 1955-1960, New York State Harness Racing Commission, 1959-1976.

    Member of New York State Assembly, 1923. Member Electoral College, 1932, 36, 64, 68. Member Pan-American Society, Inc., New York State History Association, American Academy Political and Social Science, Albany Society New York, New York Board Trade (Latin American section), Mexican Chamber of Commerce in the United States, Friendly Sons of St. Patrick, Ancient Order Hibernians, Newcomen Society North America, Delta Sigma Phi (honorary) Eagle, Elk, Red Man, Knights of Columbus (Lantern award 1972).

    Clubs: Sales Executives, Circumnavigators, Catholic, Economic, New York Athletic, National Democratic of New York (vice president 1930-1976), Lotos (New York City).

    Connections

    • Married Elizabeth A. Finnegan, April. Children: Elizabeth M. (Mistress.
    • father: James Farley
    • mother: Ellen (Goldrick) Farley
    • spouse: Elizabeth A. Finnegan
    • child: Elizabeth M. (Mrs Farley
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    Born March 30, 1888
    Died June 9, 1976
    (aged 88)
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