Bachelor of Arts summa cum laude, Harvard University, 1924; Bachelor of Laws cum laude, Harvard University, 1928; Eleanor Duse fellow, U. Rome, 1924-1925; student, University Madrid, 1928; Doctor of Laws, University Palermo Doctor of Laws, University Rome.
Association, Davis, Polk, Wardwell, Gardiner & Reed, New York, 1928-1933;
legal assistant, St. Lawrence Power Development Commission, 1930;
counsel to governor New York, 1933-1937;
justice, New York Supreme Court, 1937;
resigned to run for lieutenant governor, New York Supreme Court, 1938;
lieutenant governor, State of New York, 1939-1942;
governor, State of New York, 1942;
special assistant secretary war, 1943;
allied military governor, Sicily, 1943;
allied military governor, Naples, Italy, 1944;
allied military governor, Rome, Italy, 1944-1945;
allied military governor, Milan, Italy, 1945-1946;
counsel to, Poletti, Freidin, Prashker & Gartner, 1966-1985. Vice president charge international relations and exhibits New York World's Fair Corporation,1960-1966. Counsel New York State Commision on Ednl.
Finances, 1955-1956; vice chairman New York State Commision on Constitutional Convention, 1956-1958. Chairman Governor's Conf.on Crime, Criminal and Society, 1935. Member of New York Board Social Welfare, 1936.
Chairman New York Constitutional Convention Committee, 1937-1938. Delegate-at-large New York Constl.Com., 1938. Vice chairman New York State Defense Council and State War Coordinator, 1941-1942.
Impartial chairman Coat and Suit Industry, New York City, 1946-1948.
Editor: Reports of New York State Constitutional Convention Committee, 12, vols., 1938, Oral History Interview, 1979. Member Council Foreign Relations, Atlantic Council United States, Council Against Intolerance in American (executive committee), Italian Welfare League (advisory committee), National Urban League (treasurer), American, New York State bar associations, Association Bar City New York, New York Law Society, Phi Beta Kappa.
Married Jean Knox Ellis, June 2, 1934 (deceased February 1974). Children: Carla Knox Poletti Tidmarsh, Charles Ellis, Joanna Shattuck Poletti Todisco. Married Elizabeth Munn Vanderloo, September 1, 1975.