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Phelps Phelps, German ambassador. Decorated Order Knight Commander of King George I (Greece); recipient George Washington Carver award, 1962, annual award Urban League Essex County, New Jersey, 1966.


Phelps, Phelps was born on May 4, 1897 in Bonn, Germany. Came to the United States, 1899. Naturalized, 1910.


AB, Williams College, 1922. Bachelor of Laws, Fordham University, 1927. Doctor of Laws, University Santo Domingo, 1953.

Doctor of Laws, St. Peter's College, Jersey City, 1975.


Deputy state commissioner, New York State Veterans Relief Commission, 1922-1923;member, New York Assembly, 1924-1928, 37-38;member, New York State Senate, 1939-1942. News commentator radio stations WMCA, World International News Service and WOVO, New York City, 1935-1942. Governor Samoa, 1951-1952.

Ambassador to Dominican Republic, 1952-1953.


Member School Board Manhattan Borough, New York City, 1949-1950, Palisades Interstate Park Commission, New Jersey, 1956-1970. Chairman American Committee for Liberation Greek Children, 1950-1951. Executive editor Chelsea Clinton News.

Campaign chairman Hudson County March Dimes, 1962. Delegate at large National Urban League Conference, 1963, 64. Director Chelsea Civic Association.

Appeared on radio and television to aid Greater New York Fund, United Hospitals, Boy Scouts American drives. Delegate Democratic National Convention, 1936, 56, 60, State Convention, 1950, 54,, New Jersey State Constitutional Convention, 1966. Served as cadet Royal Air Force (Canada), 1917-1919.

Captain Army of the United States, 1942-1947. Member National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, Society Colonial Wars, American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Association for United Nations (director), Union League Club, University Club, Army-Navy Club, National Capitol Club, Democratic Club, Ahepa Club, Elks (exalted ruler), Knights of Pythias, Eagles, Delta Theta Phi, Psi Upsilon.


Son of Franz von Rottenburg and Marian (Phelps) P.

Franz Phelps