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Richard Spencer Childs

organization executive , publicist.

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.


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.


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).

William Hamlin Childs

Nellie (Spencer) Childs

Grace P. Hatch

Virginia Childs

Mary Childs

Nancy Jane Childs (deceased)