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Senator Jacob K. Javits Collection                              

Collection Number
SC 285


1904: Born May 18 in New York City

1926: Graduated New York University Law School

1927: Admitted to the New York Bar and partner in Javits & Javits with his brother, Benjamin

1932: Enrolled as a Republican. Joined the Ivy Republican Club

1937-1941: Active in the reform movement of New York City Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia

1940: Published A Proposal to Amend the Anti-Trust Laws (New York: Appeal Printing Company, 1940)

1941: Civilian aide to the Chief of the U.S. Army Chemical Warfare Service

1942: Commissioned at the rank of major in the U.S. Army Chemical Warfare Service

1945: Discharged from the U.S. Army Chemical Warfare Service at rank of lieutenant-colonel

1947-1955: Member 80th to 83rd Congresses, 21st New York district (the first Republican representative from the district since 1923)

1948: Passage of legislation creating National Heart Institute, after 1976 known as the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute

1955-1957: Attorney General of the State of New York

1957-1981: Member of U.S. Senate, representing the State of New York

1957: Campaigned in Senate for passage of Civil Rights Act of 1957

1958-1971: Member of New York City law firm Javits, Trubin, Sillcocks, Edelman, and Purcell

1960: Published Discrimination U.S.A. (New York: Harcourt, Brace, 1960)

1964: Published Order of Battle; A Republican's Call to Reason (New York: Atheneum, 1964)

1964: Incorporation of Atlantic Community Development Group for Latin America (ADELA)

1964-1965: Instrumental in passage of Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Voting Rights Act of 1965

1965: National Foundation on the Arts and Humanities Act signed into law

1968: Published The Defense Sector and the American Economy (New York: New York University Press, 1968) with Charles J. Hitch and Arthur F. Burns

1969: Became member of Senate Foreign Relations Committee 1970 U.S. delegate to 25th anniversary United Nations General Assembly

1970: U.S. delegate to the United Nations General Assembly twenty-fifth anniversary

1971: Appointed Chairman of Committee of Nine (established by North Atlantic Assembly)

1971-1973: Member of National Commission on Marijuana and Drug Abuse

1973: Published Who Makes War: The President versus Congress (New York: Morrow, 1973) with Donald Kellermann

1973: Senate overrode presidential veto of the War Powers Resolution

1974: Pension Reform Act (ERISA--Employment Retirement Income Security Act) signed into law

1976: Delegate to the United Nations Commission on Trade and Development in Nairobi, Kenya

1978: Age Discrimination in Employment Amendments signed into law. Javits was cosponsor and floor manager

1979: Established a new record for service in the U.S. Senate from New York State by serving 22 years, 3 months, and 25 days (completed term January 3, 1981, having served 24 years)

1981: Published Javits: The Autobiography of a Public Man (Boston: Houghton, Mifflin, 1981) with Rafael Steinberg

1981: Donated Jacob K. Javits Collection to State University of New York

1981: Federal building at 26 Federal Plaza, New York City, renamed in honor of Jacob K. Javits

1981-1984: Member of New York City law firm Trubin, Sillcocks, Edelman & Knapp

1982: Appointed Adjunct Professor of Political Science, State University of New York at Stony Brook

1983: Recipient of the National Conference of Christians and Jews Charles Evans Hughes Gold Medal Award

1983: Dedication of the Jacob K. Javits Collection, State University of New York at Stony Brook

1983: Medal of Freedom awarded by President Reagan

1984: Member of New York City law firm Parker, Chapin, Flattau & Klimpl

1984: Dedication of the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center of New York, New York City

1985: Jacob K. Javits Collection Inaugural Conference, "Congress and United States Foreign Policy," State University of New York at Stony Brook

1986: Died March 7 in Palm Beach, Florida. Funeral services held March 10 at the Central Synagogue, New York City. Burial followed at Linden Hill Cemetery, Queens, New York